Rugby

6:18 PM BST The British & Irish Lions have issued a complaint to the Irish Independent after one of its columnists, former Ireland forward Neil Francis, made an “offensive” remark about fly-half Marcus Smith’s skin colour. Francis described the Harlequins and England star as having a “David Beckham haircut and an Oompah Loompa tan” during
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10:07 AM BST British & Irish Lions’ assistant coach Robin McBryde has said World Rugby showed a lack of thorough planning after the appointment of South African Marius Jonker as the Television Match Official (TMO) for the first test against the Springboks. Jonker is a late replacement for New Zealander Brendon Pickerill, who did not
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10:07 AM BST British & Irish Lions’ assistant coach Robin McBryde has said World Rugby showed a lack of thorough planning after the appointment of South African Marius Jonker as the Television Match Official (TMO) for the first test against the Springboks. Jonker is a late replacement for New Zealander Brendon Pickerill, who did not
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3:03 AM BST ESPN staff The three-match Bledisloe Cup has been thrown into uncertainty with the shutdown of the trans-Tasman travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday announced an eight-week pause on the travel bubble as New South Wales struggles to manage a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney.
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8:35 PM BST All three tests between world champions South Africa and the British & Irish Lions will be played in Cape Town, officials confirmed on Tuesday, wary that the risks associated of a return to the altitude of the Highveld are too great. The second and third tests in the series were due to
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1:43 PM BST South Africa captain Siya Kolisi and winger Makazole Mapimpi have been named in the starting line-up for the first test against the British & Irish Lions after recovering from COVID-19. Kolisi, Mapimpi and prop Ox Nche were the last group of players to report for duty at the Springbok camp in Cape
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1:40 PM BST South Africa have received a significant boost ahead of the first test against the British & Irish Lions after hookers Bongi Mbonambi and Scarra Ntubeni, as well as loose forward Dan du Preez, returned to training on Sunday. The trio had been in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, but have now
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8:21 PM BST British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has confirmed that Alun Wyn Jones has been reinstated as tour captain after a successful return following a dislocated shoulder. Jones played 30 minutes as a replacement in Saturday’s 49-3 victory over the Stormers in Cape Town, a final warm-up game before the Test series
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5:31 PM BST Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez kicked over 18 points as they beat Wales 33-11 in the second Test at the Principality Stadium on Saturday to clinch the series after last week’s 20-20 draw. Argentina outscored Wales three tries to one with Sanchez contributing four penalties and three conversions to prove the difference in
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4:50 PM BST South Africa A were handed a 17-14 defeat by the Bulls on Saturday as the majority of the Springbok’s fringe players got a much-needed run out but failed to impress before next weekend’s first test against the British & Irish Lions. First half tries from Aphelele Fassi and Wandisile Simelane had the
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7:36 AM BST Samoa qualified for their ninth successive Rugby World Cup with a 79-28 aggregate victory over Tonga, winning the second leg of their Oceania playoff 37-15 in Hamilton on Saturday. The Samoans, who claimed the first leg 42-13 in Auckland last week, were challenged by the Tongans after dominating the first half but
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