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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted Jun 01st 2013, 12:00am

    ... Barbarians in world tour opener The British and Irish Lions kick off their world tour today in Hong Kong, playing the Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium. High temperatures and humidity have been a worry for the team, with British media reporting Lions' staff being concerned about how dehydration may affect the players. The Lions are due in Australia on Monday for a trip marking 125 years since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1250895/talking-points
  2. Sport - Rugby

    All hail the Lions King

    Posted May 05th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... in Cardiff two Sundays ago, he had turned from commoner to king- of the British & Irish Lions. Warburton, who was named as Lions captain for the tour of Hong Kong and Australia on Tuesday, ... Lions captains Paul O'Connell and Brian O'Driscoll, who were in charge in 2009 and 2005, respectively. It will be the third and fourth tours, respectively, for the Irish duo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1230138/all-hail-lions-king
  3. Sport - Rugby

    Warburton insists fans will see running rugby on tour

    Posted May 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay and Reuters

    ... Alvin Sallay and Reuters Captain scoffs at Australian claims his side are a ‘10-man team of brutal forwards’ Lions 'have talent to match the power' Captain Sam Warburton has insisted that the British and Irish Lions have the talent and depth in their backline to match Australia out wide this summer and will not play "10-man rugby". Warburton brushed aside ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1227706/warburton-insists-fans-will-see-running-rugby-tour
  4. Sport - Rugby

    O’Driscoll determined to end career on a high

    Posted May 05th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... the 37-strong squad of British and Irish Lions. At 34, the wheel has turned full circle for the Ireland international. It was 12 years ago that O'Driscoll made his debut with the Lions on the 2001 tour of Australia. Now he is back for one last throw of the dice and hoping to experience for the first time what it would be like to win a series. "This is my fourth tour with the Lions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1230136/odriscoll-determined-end-career-high
  5. Sport - Rugby

    Deans will consider Smith for Lions tests if he’s eligible

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 09:24am by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Reuters in Sydney Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will consider selecting George Smith for the British and Irish Lions series later this year if the 110-cap forward’s eligibility is resolved, ... that, so it would be great to be able to consider him.” If Smith were to make the Wallabies team for the three matches against the Lions in June and July, he would be facing the tourists ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1200826/deans-will-consider-smith-lions-tests-if-hes-eligible
  6. Sport - Rugby

    Still time for Lions hopefuls

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... There is still time for Lions hopefuls There is a line of thought that if the British & Irish Lions are to win the series against Australia this summer, they will need a quality No 7- and they don't come any better than Sam Warburton, says Warren Gatland. The Lions coach, in town to witness his first Hong Kong Sevens as a guest of Lions sponsor HSBC, was playing his cards close to his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1198842/still-time-lions-hopefuls
  7. Sport - Rugby

    Lions boss Warren Gatland allays England fears over test selection

    Posted Feb 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Lions boss allays fears over selection of English Warren Gatland has assured England coach Stuart Lancaster selection for this year's British and Irish Lions tour of Australia will be based solely on merit. The Lions boss had suggested an excess of England players in his side could lead to the kind of media "circus" that engulfed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1151165/lions-boss-warren-gatland-allays-england-fears-over-test-selection
  8. Sport - Rugby

    Lions coach Warren Gatland visits Hong Kong ahead of tour

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com New Zealander visits potential training sites after a nine-day scouting mission to Australia Gatland stakes out HK ahead of tour British & Irish Lions manager Warren Gatland and a nine-strong scouting party made a brief stopover in Hong Kong yesterday on their way back home from Australia, the destination of the 2013 tour this summer. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1128779/lions-coach-warren-gatland-visits-hong-kong-ahead-tour
  9. Sport - Rugby

    Lions coach Warren Gatland lifted by England win over All Blacks

    Posted Dec 16th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... England's stunning victory over the All Blacks during the November internationals will be a "massive boost" for the British & Irish Lions as they look ahead to touring Australia next ... Jonathan Davies, now a rugby ambassador for HSBC, sponsors of the Lions, has picked a starting lineup for the first test on June 22 that includes six Welsh players and six Irish players and sees ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1106449/lions-coach-warren-gatland-lifted-england-win-over-all-blacks
  10. Sport - Rugby

    Expectations high for Gatland to end Lions’ series drought when they visit Australia

    Posted Sep 09th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... and re-energised, the newly appointed British and Irish Lions coach might just have got the inside track on what it will take to lead the team to victory over Australia and their first test series win since ... stages of the World Cup following a defeat by Fiji. 2008: Coaches Wales to a Six Nations grand slam. 2009: Appointed British and Irish Lions forwards coach for the tour of South Africa. The Lions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1032352/expectations-high-gatland-end-lions-series-drought-when-they-visit

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