Marcus Smith

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Johnny Sexton with Harry Byrne, whose injury profile means he remains on the outside looking in when it comes to the outhalf spot. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton remains both the problem and the solution per se. If that sounds like fortune cookie wisdom it’s not meant to be, instead a statement th(...)

 George Ford hopes finally shaking off a season-long achilles niggle can help force a quick  England recall. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

George Ford has revealed his disappointment at being left out of Eddie Jones’s most recent England squad but remains hopeful of extending his internat(...)

Johnny Sexton training with the Ardee RFC under-14 team in his role as Mace brand ambassador. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was not the discussion that Johnny Sexton would have wanted at the beginning of a new season, having ended the last one with a concussion injury. (...)

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland: he has made six changes and introduced three more players straining at the leash to a much-changed bench. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa V British & Irish Lions,  Cape Town Stadium, Saturday, 5pm Irish time - Live on Sky Sports, highlights Virgin Media Two And so,(...)

  Lions’ Dan Biggar  will have to undergo World Rugby’s strict six-stage, graduated return-to-play protocols. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Dan Biggar is the British & Irish Lions’ primary concern moving on to next Saturday’s second Test in Cape Town, when a win would secure a first se(...)

 Mediahuis Ireland has ended the contract of Neil Francis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Mediahuis Ireland, publisher of Independent.ie, has decided to end the contract of Neil Francis, the former Irish international turned analyst and col(...)

Josh Adams challenges the Stormers’ Juan de Jongh during Saturday’s final warm-up game. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Stormers 3 British & Irish Lions 49 A report in the South African Sunday Times has said that a decision has been agreed between the South African(...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Rónan Kelleher arrive to the British & Irish Lions base in South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s a measure of the esteem in which Warren Gatland holds Alun Wyn Jones that not only has the 35-year-old been speedily welcomed back into the Lions(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Marcus Smith are both named in the Lions starting XV for Satuday’s game against the Stormers. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Warren Gatland has intimated that only a third or so of the British & Irish Lions starting XV for the first Test is nailed on, with the remainder (...)

Marcus Smith starts at outhalf for the British and Irish Lions this weekend. Photograph: Steve Haag/PA

Marcus Smith, the 22-year-old Harlequins outhalf who has just won his first two caps for England and landed in Cape Town last Monday, has been pitched(...)

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