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New Zealand captain Kieran Read holds the trophy aloft alongside Lions captain Sam Warburton after the third Test ended a tie in Auckland in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Only five times in the modern era have Test series involving the British & Irish Lions gone down to a third and final decider. Even when four-Test(...)

Lions captain Conor Murray with head coach Warren Gatland during a training session on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A previous trend in picking Lions captains has been to anoint players who have captained their country on a regular basis. Ireland’s Conor Murray buck(...)

Brian O’Driscoll dives over the line to score a try for the of the British and Irish Lions during the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane in June 2001. Photograph: David Rogers/Allsport

These have been grim times for everybody, but some people had the good fortune to cope with the various lockdowns better than others. For young parent(...)

Lights, camera, action! The camps will take place online – many are run by industry professionals and have been adapted specifically for Zoom. Photograph: iStock

Live online camps for children and teenagers are not new. They did not first appear in 2020 due to the pandemic. This summer, The Irish Tim(...)

 Of Ireland’s eight tries so far, Will Connors’ first score against Italy is all that can be paraded around the winner’s enclosure as a strategy invented in the coach’s box. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sometimes in rugby you play the opposition, not the game. Take Ulster’s sparkling backline. Robert Baloucoune has returned from injury with serious po(...)

Wales’  Josh Adams  is congratulated by Jonathan Davies  as England’s George Ford  appeals to referee Pascal Gaüzère  after Adams scores their first try during the Six Nations  match  at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff,. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

Referee Pascal Gaüzère has admitted to making mistakes in England’s 40-24 Guinness Six Nations defeat by Wales on Saturday. Gaüzère has spoken to Wor(...)

 Wales’ Cory Hill  wins the ball from England’s lock Maro Itoje  in the lineout during the Six Nations clash  at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Eddie Jones believes Maro Itoje can be too heavily scrutinised by referees following his role in Saturday’s ill-disciplined defeat by Wales but Englan(...)

James Ryan reacts to Ellis Genge during Ireland’s defeat in Twickenham earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Not in our game, mate. Not part of our values, old chap. Not unless you are England or Sarries. Then it is fine to lord it over your opponent. Or roar(...)

James Ryan has captained every team he has played for in his career. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP via Getty Images

Future Irish captain is a tag that has accompanied James Ryan ever since he broke into the team, wearily so for the young man himself, but not any lon(...)

 Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic decided not to wear a poppy on his shirt during his side’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Where I grew up nobody wore a poppy. Where I grew up if you went outside with a poppy on your lapel, physical assault was a certainty. Where I grew up(...)

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