June 20 2013 Latest news:
Australia have picked James O’Connor at fly-half for Saturday’s opening Test against the British and Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium with Kurtley Beale included on the bench.
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will tomorrow name his team for Saturday’s first Test match against Australia in Brisbane.
Warren Gatland looks set to name a team containing eight British and Irish Lions Test debutants for Saturday’s clash against Australia at Suncorp Stadium.
British and Irish Lions winger George North has been passed fit for Saturday’s first Test against Australia after recovering from his hamstring problem.
Players have voted overwhelmingly to reject the Rugby Football League’s radical plan to split a two-division Super League into three leagues of eight during the season.
London Wasps lock Marco Wentzel is set to return to South Africa for family reasons, the Premiership club have confirmed.
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland conceded his side “got what they deserved” after seeing their unbeaten tour record disappear in a disappointing showing against the Brumbies.
The Lions today lost against an Australian provincial side for the first time in 42 years today as Super Rugby leaders ACT Brumbies beat them 14-12 in Canberra to send the British and Irish side into the weekend’s first Test against Australia with plenty to think about. London Wasps’ Christian Wade and Saracens’ Brad Barritt both made debuts, here’s how they and the other players rated.
Tour match: Brumbies 14 Lions 12
Christian Wade says he has the self-belief to shine when he makes his British and Irish Lions debut today against the ACT Brumbies in their final warm-up game before the trilogy of Tests against Australia.
Saracens’ Brad Barritt has dismissed any fears of potential jet lag and weariness being a factor when he makes his British and Irish Lions debut tomorrow.
Shane Williams has described England speedster Christian Wade as “my kind of guy” ahead of them forming an unlikely strike partnership for the British and Irish Lions tomorrow.
London Broncos have confirmed the short-term signing of Australian half-back Jamie Soward.
Marland Yarde hopes his exhilarating England debut can lift him up the pecking order for a place on the left wing.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster closed the file on a successful tour of South America and stamped it: Mission Accomplished.
Centre Jamie Roberts has been described as “a grave doubt” for next Saturday’s first Test between the British and Irish Lions and Australia in Brisbane.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster wanted to use the tour of Argentina to strengthen his selection options and he achieved that objective with some new caps - Matt Kvesic, Christian Wade, Marland Yarde, Kyle Eastmond - proving they are ready for Test rugby.
Australia coach Robbie Deans today refused to provide the British and Irish Lions with any ammunition ahead of Saturday’s series opener by distancing himself from Bob Dwyer’s accusation that the tourists are “cheats”.
Joe Marler will head to Glastonbury Festival this summer on a high after ending a turbulent 12 months with a man-of-the-match performance in England’s 51-26 victory over Argentina.
Australia coach Robbie Deans expects Wycliff Palu and Kurtley Beale to be available for Saturday’s opening Test against the British and Irish Lions.
The British and Irish Lions have drafted former Wales wing Shane Williams into their team for Tuesday’s clash against the Brumbies in Canberra.
Stuart Lancaster reflected on England’s South American tour as a mission accomplished after watching his side beat the Pumas 51-26 in Buenos Aires and wrap up the Test series 2-0.
Second Test: Argentina 26 England 51 (England win series 2-0)
Leigh Halfpenny aims to deliver more of the British and Irish Lions goalkicking masterclasses that have become his trait in Australia.
England duo Christian Wade and Brad Barritt have been called up to reinforce the injury-hit British and Irish Lions squad in Australia.
The British and Irish Lions have confirmed Brad Barritt will join the injury-hit squad along with fellow England international Christian Wade, who was called up earlier today.
Christian Wade has been called up by the British and Irish Lions and withdrawn from the England side to play Argentina in Buenos Aires today.
Despite a confidence-boosting performance, there was a fresh injury concern for Lions coach Warren Gatland, who watched centre Jamie Roberts struggling on the Sydney pitch.
Sam Warburton believes today’s 47-17 victory over a tough Waratahs team provided the perfect preparation for the British and Irish Lions’ first Test match against Australia.
How the British and Irish Lions rated against the the New South Wales Waratahs
Warm-Up Game: Waratahs 17 British and Irish Lions 47
Ms Rosemary Williams has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to women’s rugby union.
Richard Lewis, the chief executive of the All England Club that hosts tennis’ Wimbledon Championships, has today been awarded a CBE for services to sports administration in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Television presenter Clare Balding is among a number of Londoners and other individuals connected to sport in the capital that have been named in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Sam Warburton has been given a ringing endorsement as he prepares to lead the British and Irish Lions against New South Wales Waratahs tomorrow.
Salford have been docked two competition points for having 14 players on the pitch during their Super League win over Castleford in April.
Warren Gatland believes that future British and Irish Lions squads may need to be bigger in number because of rugby’s increased physical nature and injury attrition rate.
Harlequins will begin their quest for glory at the inaugural World Cup 7s tournament against the ACT Brumbies after Premiership Rugby today confirmed the match schedule for the Twickenham showpiece on August 17 and 18.
Mako Vunipola looks set to complete a remarkable eight-month rise from international rookie to British and Irish Lions Test prop next week.
Jamie Roberts has dismissed any notion of the British and Irish Lions being underprepares for next week’s first Test match against Australia.