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  1. Sport - Rugby

    Lions fans fail to show for historic Barbarians clash in Hong Kong

    Posted May 29th 2013, 12:57pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... in trying to fill Hong Kong Stadium for Saturday’s historic clash between the British & Irish Lions and the Barbarians, rugby chief Trevor Gregory said today. It’s the Lions who have failed to deliver 10,000 fans. Gregory admitted the absence of overseas British fans would result in the 40,000-seater So Kon Po venue being only “three-quarters full at kick-off”. Only around 26,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1248881/lions-fans-fail-show-historic-barbarians-clash-hong-kong
  2. Sport - Rugby

    O’Connell to lead Lions in showdown with Barbarians

    Posted May 30th 2013, 01:41pm by Reuters

    ... but nine Welshman were included in Warren Gatland’s first British & Irish Lions team for tomorrow’s match against the Barbarians. Lock O’Connell, who skippered the tourists in South Africa four years ago, will lead 17 new Lions out before the match at Hong Kong Stadium with Wales flanker Warburton rested after injuring a knee in training. England’s Owen Farrell gets the first chance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1249638/oconnell-lead-lions-showdown-barbarians
  3. Sport - Rugby

    Lions too hot to handle for Barbarians in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Gatland's team put foundations in place, with Baa-Baas coach Young and captain Parisse predicting they will win in Australia Lions too hot to handle The British & Irish Lions were feelin' hot, hot, hot after they hammered the Barbarians 59-8 in an opening performance at Hong Kong Stadium last night, which is certain to sound the alarm ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1251669/lions-too-hot-handle-barbarians-hong-kong
  4. Sport - Rugby

    Lions need winning start, says former captain Dallaglio

    Posted May 30th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Former Lions captain says there is no secret to repeating team’s 1997 success in South Africa, saying gaining the momentum will be key Lions need winning start: Dallaglio Momentum will be key if the British & Irish Lions are to have a successful campaign in Australia, says Lawrence Dallaglio, one of the last men to have donned the famous red ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1249150/lions-need-winning-start-says-former-captain-dallaglio
  5. Sport - Rugby

    Ban knocks Lions hooker out of match in Hong Kong against Barbarians

    Posted May 27th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Hooker Hartley lands 11-week ban on eve of historic tour to Hong Kong and Australia after accusing ref of cheating Ban puts Lions ace out ofHK crunch Northampton captain Dylan Hartley will miss the British and Irish Lions' tour to Australia after being hit with an 11-week ban for verbally abusing a match official. It means the England hooker ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1246954/ban-knocks-lions-hooker-out-match-hong-kong-against-barbarians
  6. Sport - Rugby

    Lions ask for water breaks to beat Hong Kong heat

    Posted May 31st 2013, 03:38pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Lions, who don’t want to take any chances en route to Australia, will make sure they are hydrated in tonight’s clash against the Barbarians Water breaks set to beat the heat A ball has yet to be kicked but the British and Irish Lions are already breathless, falling victim to hot and humid Hong Kong. In an extraordinary move, they want water ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/article/1250517/lions-and-baa-baas-take-water-breaks-during-historic-encounter-hong-kong
  7. Sport - Rugby

    Bring on the Lions, says Hong Kong’s Barbarian Varty

    Posted May 28th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... and had a couple of good touches of the ball but could not do much to halt the England attack. On Saturday he will be on more familiar turf when the Barbarians take on the British and Irish Lions ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Rowan Varty confident he’s ready for the challenge after overcoming his fears at Twickenham Bring on the lions, says Hong Kong's Barbarian "I ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1247624/rowan-varty-proves-his-mettle-barbarians-england
  8. Sport - Rugby

    Injured skipper Warburton out of Lions opener

    Posted May 31st 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... skipper Warburton out of Lions' opener Injured captain Sam Warburton was desperate to lead out the British & Irish Lions in their tour opener against the Barbarians tomorrow, but head ... match week and he isn't available Lions manager warren gatland on captain sam warburton "Sam has a sore knee and we felt that so early in the tour it just was not worth the risk ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1249904/injured-skipper-warburton-out-lions-opener
  9. Sport - Rugby

    Baa-Baas vow to lift tempo for Hong Kong Lions clash

    Posted May 28th 2013, 04:10pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... to lift tempo for Lions test Stung by widespread media criticism over the disappointing performance against England, the Barbarians management has all but read the riot act to its players and promised to step it up for Saturday's historic clash against the British & Irish Lions at Hong Kong Stadium. "This is going to be a huge challenge and a big game for us as a club ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1248194/baa-baas-vow-lift-tempo-hong-kong-lions-clash
  10. Sport - Rugby

    Young Scot Stuart Hogg is the guardian Lion

    Posted Jun 01st 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... youngster is the guardian Lion Stuart Hogg might just be the person to unlock Australia's defences over the next seven weeks, having been put through the mill over the past few weeks by his teammates. As keeper of the team mascot Bil (after the British & Irish Lions)- the youngest player traditionally gets the job- Hogg, 20, has had to endure the pranks of the rest of the 36-man ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1250782/young-scot-stuart-hogg-guardian-lion

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