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Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Rory Best has been named in the Lions squad to tour New Zealand this summer. Photo:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A total of 11 Irish players have been named in the Lions squad for this summer’s tour of New Zealand with Ireland captain Rory Best beating his Englan(...)

 Steve Borthwick, forwards coach, Warren Gatland head coach, Rob Howley, backs coach and Andy Farrell the defence coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Suffice it to say the process of Lions selection has changed over the years. The first tour in 1888 was dreamt up by three cricketers and was on the w(...)

New Zealand and England players after losing their winning records to Ireland. Photographs: Inpho

Ireland’s win over England on Sunday restored pride after a disappointing Six Nations campaign. A defeat, which would have seen the old enemy break th(...)

Maro Itoje was the second best shot-putting schoolboy in England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There comes a time when a boy must become a man – extract from a poem by Maro Itoje Lebron James is an astronomical comparison that nobody deserves.(...)

Keith Wood  scores a try as Ireland deny England a Grand Slam in 2001. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

For the fourth time since the beginning of the Six Nations Championship in 2000 England travel to Dublin seeking a Grand Slam. They were unsuccessful (...)

 Danny Care  scores England’s  seventh try in the whopping 40-point victory over outclassed Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

England 61 Scotland 21 England’s oppressive rugby hymn reverberated around the ancient ground as Scotland desperately sought a manly route away from (...)

Brian O’Driscoll during the 2014 Six Nations (left), and on TV analysis duty (right). Photograph: Inpho (left) Getty images (right).

It’s a humdrum Wednesday evening in London’s suburbia and way too murky for the pilots descending into nearby Heathrow to observe in miniature the boy(...)

Ivor Roberts wrote that ‘the ancient quarrel [between Britain and Ireland] is in the process of being solved’.

As Britain stands on the threshold of exiting the European Union, a paean to Brussels has been made public, in which the author, former British ambass(...)

Scotland’s Jonny Gray (left) alongside brother Richie: “To play with Rich is unbelievable . . . it’s hard to put into words what it means.” Photo:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Those who really know Jonny Gray speak with total conviction. This, they say, is no ordinary 22-year-old rugby player. “Right now, without a doubt, I’(...)

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