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Schmidt plays down 2021 Lions links

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said he is not available for the British & Irish Lions if offered the job tomorrow, but has left the door ajar for a role in the future.

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Wales legend Jenkins to retire from rugby

Wales' record cap-holder Gethin Jenkins will retire from rugby after Cardiff Blues' PRO14 clash with Zebre this weekend.

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Raising a glass to England great Leonard

World Cup winner Jason Leonard is one of the most likable characters in world rugby, but there is far more to him than that and his formidable scrummaging ability. We raise a glass to the Hall of Famer as he turns 50.

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O'Connell joins Stade Francais coaching staff

Former British & Irish Lions and Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been appointed forwards coach at Top 14 outfit Stade Francais.

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Sexton inspired by Brady, targets Lions tour

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has become "obsessed" with New England Patriots QB Tom Brady as he targets a place on a third British & Irish Lions tour.

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Feehan steps down as Six Nations boss

John Feehan has stepped down as chief executive of the Six Nations and British & Irish Lions with immediate effect.


NZ Rugby banks huge Lions windfall

New Zealand Rugby, buoyed by last year's British & Irish Lions tour, has announced a record $NZ 33.4 million profit for the 2017 financial year.

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2017 rugby awards: Player, moment & more

As 2018 comes into view, Greg Growden and Tom Hamilton delve into their collective short-term memory banks to dish out their awards for the year.

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601dTom Hamilton

Alun Wyn: 'Changing nappies is a great leveller'

Fatherhood has changed Alun Wyn Jones. Captain of Wales, nine-time British & Irish Lion, but then he is husband to Anwen and father to Mali, with another on the way.

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Gatland: I'd like to confront 'one or two' Kiwis

Wales coach Warren Gatland prepares to face New Zealand again admitting he would like to get some people "into a corner of a room on their own" after last summer's British & Irish Lions tour.

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Croft retires on medical grounds

Former England and British & Irish Lions forward has been forced into retirement on medical grounds, Leicester have announced.

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611dMartyn Thomas

Warburton: Lions draw will get better with age

It has taken Sam Warburton four months to begin to compute exactly what the British & Irish Lions achieved in New Zealand over the summer. And he believes it could take another 12 years to fully appraise the tour.

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Gatland open to leading Lions again

Warren Gatland has hinted he would be open to leading the British & Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa in 2021.

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638dJohn Taylor

Common sense needed to solve Webb dilemma

In adopting Australia's 60-cap rule the Welsh Rugby Union has used a blunt instrument to solve a problem that required a more subtle approach, writes John Taylor.

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Leonard, Brown appointed to Lions board

Jason Leonard and Steve Brown have joined the British & Irish Lions board as representatives of the Rugby Football Union.

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Lions chief backs under-fire coaches

British & Irish Lions chief executive John Feehan has backed Warren Gatland and his coaching team in the wake of Sean O'Brien's stinging attack.

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665dMartyn Thomas

Assessing O'Brien's Lions criticism

Was Sean O'Brien right to air his grievances about coaching on the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand? ESPN delves into his comments to find out.

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O'Brien criticises Lions tour coaching

Ireland back row Sean O'Brien has criticised coaching and training methods during the British & Irish Lions' Test series against New Zealand, insisting the tourists should have beaten the All Blacks.

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Ireland legend Duggan dies aged 67

Willie Duggan, widely regarded as one of Ireland's best ever players, has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 67.