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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(...)

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(...)

Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Iain Henderson and Nick Timoney of Ulster during the Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at the  RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw versus Robert Baloucoune. Let’s look at that tackle. Leinster beat Ulster 21-17, that’s four points, but Henshaw’s try-saving tackle i(...)

Ireland prop Tom Court was visiting his parents in Brisbane in 2013 when he was called up as a replacement for the Lions Tour in Australia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There will be an expectation in Wales that representation in the Lions squad to tour South Africa this summer will reflect the 2021 Six Nations Champi(...)

Chris Busby awards Ospreys a penalty during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

We all know that a week is a long time in politics. Well, it seems it can be a very short time in rugby. Extraordinary events in Exeter, an epic enco(...)

Johnny  Sexton celebrates scoring a  try during the 2011 final against Northampton at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, that was a special win, even by Leinster’s standards. To down the reigning European and English champions after falling 1(...)

Munster’s Chris Farrell receives a yellow card from referee Wayne Barnes during the defeat to Toulouse at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it just did. A feast of Easter rugby was delivered to our collective door. Scipio Africanus “Sam” M(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander is tackled by Toulouse’s Jerome Kaino at Thomond Park. Photograph: PA

Hit by the stark reality that he had played his 50th and final Champions Cup match an emotional CJ Stander reflected on his impending move from C(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls scores his second try against Toulouse at Thomond Park. Photograph: Inpho

Johan van Graan expressed his pride in his Munster team and contentment with their performance despite the 40-33 last 16 defeat by Toulouse which ende(...)

France’s head coach Fabien Galthié: he claimed  Welsh players “specialised” in getting opposition players sent off.   Photograph: Getty Images

The 2021 Six Nations Championship was more than we could possibly have hoped for, never mind anticipated. For all the brouhaha which accompanied Franc(...)

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