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Tana Umaga’s Blues take on the Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

It hasn’t taken long for the bad blood from the 2005 Lions tour to New Zealand to resurface. Granted, this is as much a matter of circumstances as any(...)

Tommy Seymour, Maro Itoje and Tadhg Furlong. Itoje and Furlong are the sort of men who can help the modern Lions reach new heights.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

History shows us that a Lions tour wastes no time taking an irreparable turn for the worst. This unique squad can only perform if the sum of its parts(...)

Who will be the Lions captain? Brian O’Driscoll, Ian McGeechan and Clive Woodward have all endorsed Sam Warburton’s credentials. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

On Wednesday the ever-changing guessing games of pundits and bar-room punters alike will finally, and some might say mercifully, come to an end when W(...)

Seán O’Brien’s display  for Leinster against Wasps in the Champions Cup quarter-final shows he is in rude health. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Welsh forward Sam Warburton is the betting favourite to captain the Lions in New Zealand this summer Seán O’Brien is informed. A large table separate(...)

 Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, Brian O’Driscoll and Taoiseach Enda Kenny   at the Aviva Stadium for the launch of  Ireland’s bid to host the   2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph:   Colin Keegan, Collins

Brian O’Driscoll has bittersweet memories of the World Cup. He competed in four of them, albeit they all ended in quarter-final exits, but he was part(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: “We’re expecting a physical encounter, one where they’ll kick the ball a fair bit. Sexton and Murray are both key guys at driving them around the park and have real variation in their kicking game.”

There are chinks of vulnerability there, what with their first three locks all ruled out and an untried, makeshift second-row, a rusty openside and sc(...)

The sports section of Saturday’s New Zealand Herald.

Australia coach Michael Cheika fumed over what he perceived as disrespect from the All Blacks after the world champions beat his Wallabies side to se(...)

 TJ Perenara of New Zealand scores a try against Australia. Photo: Inpho

World champions New Zealand were challenged for 50 minutes but still ran in six tries to beat Australia 37-10 in Auckland and become the first top tie(...)

Nigel Owens in action during last year’s Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Getty

Nigel Owens, international rugby’s first openly gay referee, believes the sport has “a way to go” in learning tolerance but professes only huge admira(...)

 Kitty Rogan, who celebrated her 104th birthday in July, pictured at home in Dalkey, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kitty Rogan will get up this morning at 7.50 as usual, make her porridge and take a shower. Usually, she walks to morning Mass in Dalkey with the help(...)

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