Itoje returns to scene of career launch chasing Lions glory

Maro Itoje’s remarkable rugby story started at Eden Park in Auckland in 2104 where he captained England U20’s to a Junior World Cup triumph and now, just three years later, the Saracens forward returns to that formidable sporting arena to help the British and Irish Lions make history by defeating the All Blacks in a Read More …

Dublin defeat is warning to Lions for deciding test on Saturday

It was assumed that Ireland’s historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago last November would provide key to a British and Irish Lions triumph in New Zealand. However, with the series tied 1-1 heading into Saturday’s titanic decider, it is Ireland’s 21-9 loss to the All Blacks in Dublin two weeks later that now Read More …

EXCLUSIVE; There is no manual on how to become a great Lion says Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson had to endure the mental pressure of having to win a Lions second test in Wellington in 2005 having been beaten a week earlier by the All Blacks and believes the current players have to adopt an “ all or nothing” approach tomorrow if they are to keep this series alive. Twelve years Read More …

Gatland fails to live up to his reputation as a man who takes big Lions decisions

Warren Gatland has made big decisions in his rugby life and refused to back down when they evoked widespread condemnation which makes his incomprehensible handling of the “Geography Six” on the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand so worrying. He brought in the Welsh quartet of Gareth Davies, Tomas Francis, Kristian Dacey and Read More …

Petra Kvitova wins Aegon Classic six months after knife attack

Just six months after suffering career-threatening injuries to her left, racket-wielding hand, Petra Kvitova was today able to use it to lift the Aegon Classic trophy after beating Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in Birmingham. The ever smiling Czech was playing in only her second tournament since she was stabbed by an intruder at her Read More …

Gatland faces big selection questions ahead of first Lions test

Warren Gatland faces four massive selection calls at the start of the ultimate Lions challenge against the World champion All Blacks and he has to get every one of them right to give the team a chance of replicating the 1971 triumph. Gatland is under severe pressure as the first New Zealander to coach the Read More …

Magdalena Rybarikova enjoying wonderful run on grass

Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova is thoroughly enjoying the grass court section of the women’s tour, following up her Surbiton win with a performance of real grit to overcome World No43 Alison Riske, from the USA, 6-2,6-7,7-5 in a match that kept the Nottingham Open centre court crowd totally engrossed for two hours and 35minutes. Rybarikova was Read More …

Robson struggling to recapture past glories on court

Jelena Ostapenko and Laura Robson are both Junior Wimbledon champions, but that is where the similarity ends at the moment. Three years after her junior triumph at the Championships, the unseeded Ostapenko won the French Open women’s title on Saturday in Paris, making the kind of dramatic transition into the senior ranks that Robson seemed Read More …

Fitzpatrick sees Lions tour schedule as a positive not a nightmare

ALL BLACKS great Sean Fitzpatrick believes the most daunting fixture schedule to ever face the Lions will ensure they are battle-hardened for the three-Test series against the reigning world champions in New Zealand. The Lions start the 10-match tour with the easiest game — against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on Saturday — and, as Read More …

Launchbury sets his sights on winning the title for Wasps at Twickenham

Joe Launchbury is the best player not in the British and Irish Lions tour squad and frustration could dominate his every waking hour, but the chance to lead Wasps to the Aviva Premiership title against Exeter at Twickenham on Saturday is demanding all of his attention. Launchbury picked up yet another Man of the Match Read More …