HAMILTON: British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is tipping plenty of lively debate in Wednesday's Test selection meeting after his supposed second-string troops outclassed the Chiefs 34-6 in Hamilton.
Peter O'Mahony, the Ireland flanker, has emerged as the leading contender to captain the British and Irish Lions in the opening Test match against the All Blacks on -Saturday. His leadership skills were endorsed yesterday by assistant coach Andy Farrell.
First Billy Vunipola and now possibly Owen Farrell: the two players who the Lions could ill afford to lose if they are to take the game to the All Blacks in the Test series that begins in eight days at Eden Park.
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has sent a clear message with his announcement of an extended squad of 41 to tour New Zealand in June and July: he is fully prepared to sacrifice tour defeats for the greater cause of winning the test series against the All Blacks.
Te'o says his selection ranks alongside winning State of Origin with Queensland and South Sydney's drought-breaking NRL premiership success.
Eddie Jones has urged England to embrace their inner Sir Edmund Hillary as they contemplate scaling a significant peak in Dublin on Saturday, back-to-back Grand Slams that would be the Everest of their expectations.
Ireland overcame a stubborn France side 19-9 on Saturday to move top of the Six Nations standings and stay on course for a possible title showdown against defending champions England.
Italy coach Conor O'Shea fended off suggestions on Saturday that his team were out of their depth in the Six Nations and said the tournament's experiment with attacking bonus-points encouraged opponents to "go for the jugular" this year.
Sweet home Chicago. The place where historical sporting droughts go to die in 2016.
One hundred and eleven years of frustration, and maybe even anger, ended for Ireland this morning when they stunned the All Blacks by beating them 40-29 in Chicago.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and former Munster coach Alan Gaffney have led the antipodean tributes to Anthony Foley, who died in Paris at the weekend.
Munster head coach and former Ireland international Anthony Foley has died overnight at the team's hotel in Paris, the Irish Rugby Football Union said on Sunday.
Italy have named former Ireland fullback Conor O'Shea as their new coach, the Italian Rugby Federation said on Friday.
Ireland ended a disappointing defence of the Six Nations title with their best display of the championship, beating Scotland 35-25 in an exciting contest on Saturday to wrap up the campaign with two victories in a row.
England, playing at Twickenham for the first time since their embarrassing World Cup exit at the hands of Australia, scored two tries within five second-half minutes on their way to a 21-10 victory over Ireland on Saturday to keep Eddie Jones' team on course for a first Six Nations title since 2011.
England boss Eddie Jones has heightened tensions with Ireland by claiming Johnny Sexton's parents will be worried about his long-term health.
The All Blacks will begin their season-ending 2016 tour with another Test in Chicago, this time against Six Nations champions Ireland.
Ireland were left battered and bruised after losing 10-9 to France in the Six Nations on Saturday, their first defeat by Les Bleus for five years.
Fergus McFadden has been drafted into Ireland's Six Nations squad to face France, with Simon Zebo unable to overcome his knee injury.
Paul O'Connell has been forced to retire from rugby due to injury before having the chance to end a glittering career with European champions Toulon, the former Ireland captain said on Tuesday.