British & Irish Lions
Paul Burnell sings the national anthem ahead of Scotland's 14-3 defeat by France in Paris in 1993. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Paul Burnell – fierce Scottish patriot of the Lions

There aren’t many Scots, either in football or rugby, who have played in three World Cups. While Edinburgh-born Paul Burnell spent just the first three of his 51 years living in the country he represented with such distinction, there was no fiercer patriot on a rugby pitch.

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Sonny Bill Williams speaks to the media after his judicial hearing. Picture: AFP/Getty

Sonny Bill Williams banned as New Zealand pay for red mist

The British and Irish Lions were given a double dose of good news yesterday as the squad decamped to the Southern Alps tourist hot-spot of Queenstown for a few days’ rest and recuperation ahead of Saturday’s deciding Test against New Zealand. Firstly, they learned that the All Blacks will be without star centre Sonny Bill Williams for the Eden Park showdown, and then they discovered that Sean O’Brien, the tourists’ Irish flanker, has been given the green light to play.

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