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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(...)

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(...)

Coach Warren Gatland keeps a watching brief during the Lions  captain’s run ahead of the game against the Emirates Lions in South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Emirates Lions v British & Irish Lions, Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg. Kick-off: 6pm local time (5pm Irish). On TV: Live on Sky Sports. At(...)

Bundee Aki during the British & Irish Lions captain’s run at   Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

British and Irish Lions v Japan Murrayfield, today, 3pm Live on Channel 4 Four years on from that bizarre endgame in Auckland which completed the dra(...)

Alun Wyn Jones will captain the Lions for the tour to South Africa. Photograph: 
Dan Sheridan/Inpho

  Backs   Stuart Hogg (Scotland) Position: Fullback Age: 28 Club: Exeter Caps: 85 Lions Tests: 0 Form guide: Scotland captain (...)

It is nearly decision time for Warren Gatland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Gerry Thornley The parameters are different from four years ago. Back then, in those wild, crazy, pre-pandemic days, Warren Gatland was permitted to (...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier scores a try against Lyon during a Heineken Champions Cup game at the RDS  in January 2020. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The American racing driver Bobby Unser once observed that “success is where preparation and opportunity meet”, a maxim that easily straddles many form(...)

Exeter  director of rugby Rob Baxter. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Exeter’s Rob Baxter has described the British and Irish Lions’ stance as “a little bit disingenuous” over player release ahead of this summer’s South (...)

Jordan Larmour scores a try for Leinster  under pressure from Exeter’s Stuart Hogg  during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final  at Sandy Park. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Exeter Chiefs 22 Leinster 34 Leinster will be in the open draw for the semi-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup, where they will be the only non-Fre(...)

Exeter Chiefs’ Sam Simmonds attempts to evade the tackle from Lyon’s Pierre Louis Barassi during the Heineken Champions Cup match at Sandy Park. Photograph: Simon Galloway/PA Wire

The continuing absence of Sam Simmonds from international rugby remains a mystery to many, albeit with one notable exception, England head coach Eddie(...)

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