British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions rugby captain Paul O'Connell was today banned for a month as a consequence of the red card received representing Munster in a Heineken European Cup match against Ospreys last Sunday.
ANDY Irvine has switched roles with his fellow British and Irish Lion Gerald Davies for the 2013 tour to Australia, but the pair have pledged to work together again to mould a tour that puts the famous touring team at the forefront of the world game.
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THE new British and Irish Lions manager Andy Irvine has made it clear that Scotland coach Andy Robinson is among the front-runners to lead the Lions in Australia in 2013, but Ian McGeechan also hinted last night he might be persuaded to return.
IAN McGeechan may have left South Africa empty-handed this time and be ready to end his love affair with the British and Irish Lions, but the man who helped him secure the last Lions triumph believes he has restored the team's reputation and must play a key role in building on it in the coming years.
IF THERE were still doubters that the British and Irish Lions are worth their place in modern international rugby then surely the terrific performance at Ellis Park on Saturday will lay that to rest.
BRITISH and Irish Lions doctor James Robson believes the shape of rugby players will have to start changing after the most physical Test series the Scot has ever experienced.
SIMON Shaw was suspended for two weeks for dangerous play in the British and Irish Lions' victory over South Africa after striking Springboks scrum-half Fourie du Preez with his knee.
PHIL Vickery has hailed the "unbelievable experience" of a British and Irish Lions tour – and warned off those critics who question whether rugby union's greatest institution has a future.
IAN McGeechan is confident he has established a coaching legacy that will carry the British and Irish Lions into a successful future.
The 2009 British and Irish Lions can fly home from South Africa tomorrow night with their heads held high.
THEY saved the best for last. With the series lost and the shackles off, the Lions put together their best rugby of this tour to grab their first win in eight Tests by the handy margin of three tries to nil.
HOW GOOD was this game? This was rugby of the highest class, an absolutely brilliant performance from the boys and totally deserved after everything we've put in over the last six weeks. I said last week that it would have been criminal had we gone down 3-0 in the series but there was never any danger of that. In a word: awesome.
LIONS lock Simon Shaw has been cited for alleged dangerous play during yesterday's third Test. England forward Shaw has been summoned to attend a disciplinary hearing this morning.
THE FINAL whistle sounded on the final match and brought the curtain down on another tour. The British and Irish Lions can now be packed away for another four years like so many toy soldiers going back in their box. With both coaches making a raft of changes and the series already in the bag, yesterday's encounter had the feeling of a phoney war, but it was a good one to win for all that. Now the post mortem begins.
THE British and Irish Lions won their first Test match for eight years after a stunning end-of-tour performance left world champions South Africa reeling.
IT MAY be too late to save the 2009 Test series, but Phil Vickery is determined to regain some pride for himself and the British and Irish Lions this afternoon by burying the memory of the scrummaging nightmare that paved the way for Springbok success.
WITH THE whole point of your existence as a British and Irish Lion in South Africa seemingly rendered obsolete by two Test defeats, the squad will this afternoon have to 'dig deep', in common sporting parlance, if they are to avoid the ignominy of a first-ever whitewash in the Republic.
With only pride left to play for the British and Irish Lions were looking to leave South Africa on a high.
Ugo Monye admits the British and Irish Lions are "desperate" to end their South Africa tour on a winning note at Ellis Park tomorrow.
BRITISH and Irish Lions head coach Ian McGeechan has made wholesale changes for tomorrow's final match of the series against world champions South Africa, but the absence once again of any Scots means that there will now be a desperately grim period of 12 years without a Scot starting a Test match for the Lions.