British and Irish Lions

Pain of Lions defeat will last a lifetime, says Wallaby Ben Alexander

The Lions celebrate winning the series in Sydney. Photo: Reuters

Ben Alexander has said nothing will erase the memory of Australia’s third-test defeat by the British & Irish Lions in July, with only a dominant display by the Wallaby scrum in a major match likely to silence their critics.

Sunday, 6 April, 2014, 8:13pm

Howley urges Lions to 'put Wallabies to bed'

Richard Hibbard (top) of the British & Irish Lions gets to grips with teammate Dan Lydiate during training. The Lions can clinch a series win with victory today. Photo: AFP

Assistant coach Rob Howley yesterday warned the British & Irish Lions to put the Wallabies "to bed" and not endure his nightmare memories of losing a series in Australia from a position of strength.

29 Apr 2014 - 5:17pm

Warburton urges Lions to kill off Wallabies

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton. Photo: AFP

Sam Warburton said on Thursday he is urging his British and Irish Lions team to finish off the Wallabies in the second Test in Melbourne this weekend and wrap up the series.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:40pm

McCabe out for year with recurrence of neck injury

Wallabies player Pat McCabe. Photo: AFP

Australia and ACT Brumbies back Pat McCabe’s rugby season is over after re-injuring his neck in the first test against the British and Irish Lions last weekend.

28 Feb 2014 - 10:32pm

Lions put Brumbies loss behind them

Rob Kearney

The British & Irish Lions' stunning loss to the ACT Brumbies will not affect the team mentally, though the tourists will need to get back "on their feet" quickly before Saturday's opening test against Australia, said fullback Rob Kearney.

7 Apr 2014 - 8:29pm

Lions centre Jamie Roberts in doubt for first test against Australia

Jamie Roberts feels the pain of a hamstring injury. Photo: Reuters

British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts is a "grave doubt" for Saturday's first test against Australia because of a hamstring strain, team doctor James Robson said yesterday.

6 Apr 2014 - 8:10pm

Depleted Lions brace for Brumbies challenge ahead of first Wallabies test

Shane Williams. Photo: AP

Like all the provincial sides thrown to the Lions, the Brumbies will front up with a starting XV robbed of their best Wallabies players but under strict orders to leave the tourists bruised, if not beaten, after full-time at Canberra Stadium.

18 Feb 2014 - 4:32pm

Former Wallabies coach accuses Lions of cheating

Lions coach Warren Gatland. Photo: EPA

Less than a week from the first British and Irish Lions test against Australia, former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer has labelled the visitors as cheats because of illegal scrimmaging and other rule infringements.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:10pm

Leigh Halfpenny fires Lions to record 47-17 victory over the NSW Waratahs

Fullback Leigh Halfpenny scores one of his two tries against the NSW Waratahs yesterday. Photo: EPA

Five tries - including a brace for Halfpenny, who also enjoyed another golden night with the boot - kept the Lions unbeaten in five games this tour, and gave them their biggest win over the Waratahs in 125 years of visiting Australia.

18 Feb 2014 - 4:04pm

Captain must earn place, says Lions coach

Warren Gatland. Photo: AFP

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says tour captain Sam Warburton will have to earn his place in the test side for the series against Australia with his performance against the New South Wales Waratahs today.

14 Feb 2014 - 9:55pm

Injuries force Lions to change Australia plans

Warren Gatland. Photo: Reuters

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland continues squad rotation for the tour match against the New South Wales Waratahs tomorrow, backtracking on his plan to put out his strongest side a week before the first test.

15 Feb 2014 - 3:49am

Lions coach Gatland expects more from his players

British & Irish Lions team member Richard Hibbard. Photo: AFP

Most coaches would be happy with a 10-try shellacking, even against a team containing amateurs, but Warren Gatland's barely disguised anger after the British & Irish Lions beat Combined Country on Tuesday told of a man with very high standards.

15 Feb 2014 - 3:26am

Lions cruise to victory over combined NSW, Queensland side

George North slides in to score one of his two tries in a comprehensive win over the New South Wales & Queensland Country team. Photo: AP

The British & Irish Lions maintained their unbeaten start to the tour of Australia by running in 10 tries to overwhelm a willing but outgunned semi-professional Combined Country side 64-0 at Hunter Stadium yesterday.

15 Feb 2014 - 3:29am

Deans confirms Cooper out, Beale back for Wallabies

Queensland Reds' Quade Cooper mixed some passages of great play with glaring errors against the Lions on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

Australia coach Robbie Deans confirmed mercurial flyhalf Quade Cooper would not have a place in his final squad for the test series against the British and Irish Lions, while welcoming troubled back Kurtley Beale into the Wallabies fold.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:15pm

Lions hold off battling Reds, but Tommy Bowe’s tour is over

Lions skipper Sam Warburton is tackled by Reds' Quade Cooper and Anthony Fainga'a during the Lions' 22-12 hard-fought win. Photo: AFP

The British and Irish Lions survived a determined onslaught by the Queensland Reds to grind out a 22-12 victory and maintain the unbeaten start to their tour.

16 Feb 2014 - 3:37pm