Archive for: 2017

Woodward against personnel changes

Former British and Irish Lions head coach Sir Clive Woodward believes the team must keep hold of the ball if they are to beat New Zealand. After going down 30-15 in the first Test at Eden Park, the touring side must win in Wellington next Saturday to keep the series alive. Woodward is against making…

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Noves to stay on as France coach

Guy Noves will stay on as France coach despite the team’s 3-0 whitewash by South Africa, the French Rugby Federation said.

Novès backed by Laporte

Guy Novès has been given the backing of the French rugby president Bernard Laporte, despite going down 3-0 to South Africa in their series. A 35-12 loss at Ellis Park made it a whitewash of wins for the Springboks, with les Bleus ending their season on a disappointing result. It doesn’t get any easier for…

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Coetzee compliments Springbok players on series win

Coetzee praised the effort of his squad and management, but also had a special word of thanks to Springbok supporters, after his side clinched the Castle Lager Incoming Series with a 3-0 winning margin.

Deans to coach Barbarians

Robbie Deans has been named as the Barbarians head coach for their landmark clash with New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium later this year. Deans, in charge of Japanese Top League champions Panasonic, led Australia from 2008-13 and is the most successful coach in Super Rugby history after winning five titles with the Crusaders. He takes…

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Blow for Coles, McKenzie called in

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles needs a miracle to play in the remaining British & Irish Lions matches, according to head coach Steve Hansen. Coles, who has been out with concussion, was not considered as an option for the Hurricanes, who face the tourists on Tuesday in Wellington. While Coles was cleared of concussion he…

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Hansen expects Lions onslaught

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen expects the British & Irish Lions to throw the kitchen sink at them in the second Test on Saturday. After a 30-15 defeat in Auckland the Lions are 1-0 down in the series and know it’s win or bust at Westpac Stadium in Wellington next week. Hansen is bracing…

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Canes boosted by All Blacks for Lions clash

All Blacks backs Jordie Barrett, Julian Savea and Ngani Laumape have been released to play for the Hurricanes against the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday.

Best leads, Nowell at 15 for Lions

Rory Best will captain the British & Irish Lions against the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium on Tuesday while Jack Nowell moves to full-back. Best, who leads the side for the second time on tour following victory over the Chiefs, spearheads the same forward pack from Hamilton while there is continuity at half-back in Dan Biggar…

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All Blacks start for Hurricanes

All Blacks backs Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape have been released to play for the Hurricanes against the British & Irish Lions. The trio will return to their club colours for an historic match that will be played at a sold out Westpac Stadium on Tuesday. The Hurricanes team will be led by…

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