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Marc MacGyver


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2017 - British & Irish Lions - Test Series / Team Announcements / Fixtures & Results: ~ [Tour of New Zealand / June 3 - July 8]



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2017 - British & Irish Lions v New Zealand / Team Announcements / Fixture: (1st Test - NZ Tour)

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Peter O'Mahony captains side against New Zealand

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40361354

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Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Date: Saturday, 24 June Kick-off: 08:35 BST


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(Team)

British and Irish Lions XV: L Williams (Wales); A Watson (England), J Davies (Wales), B Te'o (England), E Daly (England); O Farrell (England), C Murray (Ireland); M Vunipola (England), J George (England), T Furlong (Ireland); AW Jones (Wales), G Kruis (England); P O'Mahony (captain, Ireland), S O'Brien (Ireland), T Faletau (Wales).

Replacements: K Owens (Wales), J McGrath (Ireland), K Sinckler (England), M Itoje (England), S Warburton (Wales), R Webb (Wales), J Sexton (Ireland), L Halfpenny (Wales).


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New Zealand v Lions: Kieran Read returns to captain All Blacks in first Test

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40358581

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(Team)

New Zealand XV: B Smith; I Dagg, R Crotty, SB Williams, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; J Moody, C Taylor, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, J Kaino, S Cane, K Read (captain).

Replacements: N Harris, W Crockett, C Faumuina, S Barrett, A Savea, TJ Perenara, A Cruden/L Sopoaga, A Lienert-Brown.


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2017 - B&I Lions / Result - 1st Test:



http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/british-irish-lions/results

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New Zealand beat British and Irish Lions 30-15 in first Test in Auckland

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40380843

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New Zealand snuffed out the British and Irish Lions' hopes of a shock win with a ruthless display at Eden Park to take what looks like an iron grip on the three-Test series.

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(First Test, Auckland)

New Zealand [13] 30

Tries: Taylor, Ioane 2 Cons: Barrett 3 Pens: Barrett 3

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Lions [8] 15

Tries: O'Brien, Webb Con: Farrell Pen: Farrell


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(NOTE)

Great game that was much closer than the score suggests. The brilliant efficiency of New Zealand proved the difference, converting pressure into points. The Lions had their opportunities, but ultimately left points out on the field. A problem that has plagued the touring side all tour.

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2017 - British & Irish Lions v New Zealand / Team Announcements / Fixture: (2nd Test - NZ Tour)

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British and Irish Lions: Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell start in second Test

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40439457

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Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Date: Saturday, 1 July Kick-off: 08:35 BST


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(Team)

British and Irish Lions XV: L Williams, A Watson, J Davies, O Farrell, E Daly, J Sexton, C Murray; M Vunipola, J George, T Furlong, M Itoje, AW Jones, S Warburton (captain), S O'Brien, T Faletau.

Replacements: K Owens (Wales), J McGrath (Ireland), K Sinckler (England), M Itoje (England), S Warburton (Wales), R Webb (Wales), J Sexton (Ireland), L Halfpenny (Wales).


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British and Irish Lions: New Zealand make two changes for second Test

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40437767

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(Team)

New Zealand XV: I Dagg; W Naholo, A Lienert-Brown, SB Williams, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; J Moody, C Taylor, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, J Kaino, S Cane, K Read (captain).

Replacements: N Harris, W Crockett, C Faumuina, S Barrett, A Savea, TJ Perenara, A Cruden, N Laumape.


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2017 - B&I Lions / Result - 2nd Test:



http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/british-irish-lions/results

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British and Irish Lions beat New Zealand 24-21 to set up series decider

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40457048

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The Lions pulled off one of their great wins to steal a thriller against New Zealand and set up a series decider in Auckland in a week's time.

When Sonny Bill Williams was red-carded for a shoulder charge on Anthony Watson - the first All Blacks sending off in 50 years - the Lions sensed a wonderful opportunity for a historic upset in Wellington.

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(Second Test, Wellington)

New Zealand (9) 21

Pens: Barrett 7

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Lions (9) 24

Tries: Faletau, Murray Con: Farrell Pens: Farrell 4


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(NOTE)

Epic test match, even better than the first. Great result for the Lions, great result for rugby.

The Sonny Bill Williams red card was 100% the correct call. Fair play to the All Blacks who gave an outstanding account of themselves playing a man down for close to 50 minutes.

The Lions discipline hurt them for large periods of the match. They kept the New Zealanders in the game by giving away penalties within kicking range, & even conceded their numerical advantage for 10 minutes via the Vunipola yellow card.

To the the Lions credit they delivered in the crucial moments of the test match both in attack & defence, to ultimately square the ledger 1-1.

The series now goes to a decider in Auckland where both teams have everything to play for.

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2017 - British & Irish Lions v New Zealand / Team Announcements / Fixture: (3rd Test / Decider - NZ Tour)

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British and Irish Lions unchanged for decisive third Test against New Zealand

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40514172

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Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Date: Saturday, 8 July Kick-off: 08:35 BST


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(Team)

British and Irish Lions XV: Liam Williams (Wales); Anthony Watson (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Elliot Daly (England); Johnny Sexton (Ireland), Conor Murray (Ireland); Mako Vunipola (England), Jamie George (England) Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) Sam Warburton (captain, Wales), Sean O'Brien (Ireland), Taulupe Faletau (Wales)

Replacements: Ken Owens (Wales), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Kyle Sinckler (England), Courtney Lawes (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), Rhys Webb (Wales), Ben Te'o (England), Jack Nowell (England)


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Lions v New Zealand: Jordie Barrett handed first All Blacks start

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40513663

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(Team)

New Zealand XV: Jordie Barrett; Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (captain).

Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Malakai Fekitoa.


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2017 - B&I Lions / Result - 3rd Test / Decider:



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http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/british-irish-lions/results

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British and Irish Lions draw 15-15 with New Zealand as series ends level at 1-1

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40529961

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A long-range penalty three minutes from time from Owen Farrell snatched a draw for the Lions in an epic third Test and with it a share of the series.

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(Third Test, Auckland)

New Zealand (12) 15

Tries: Laumape, J Barrett Con: Barrett Pen: Barrett

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Lions (6) 15

Pens: Farrell 4, Daly 1


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(NOTE)

Unbelievably, we end up with a drawn series. The All Blacks controlled large portions of the match, & were particularly dominant in the early stages. Plenty of scoring opportunities were created, but few converted into points. It was the Lions, however, that finished the stronger. The tourists will no doubt be ruing missed opportunities of their own, that potentially could have broken the deadlock.

Although the game was played with great intensity, both sides basic skills & discipline let them down in crucial moments, & neither team could break away & claim outright victory.

Ultimately, the drawn result is a fair reflection of both the 3rd test, & the overall series. Both teams competed fiercely, provided fans with some truly breathtaking rugby, & are thoroughly deserving of equal standing upon the podium, & placing within the history books.

Hopefully, this tour result puts to bed any talk of the Lions being an outdated concept in the professional era. Quite simply it was a tour for the ages, imo.

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(Complete - 2017 - Lions - Tour of NZ - Results)


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Test Series: Won -1 / Drew - 1 / Lost - 1

Non-Test, Tour Matches: Won - 4 / Drew 1 / Lost - 2

Total: Won - 5 / Drew 2 / Lost - 3

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Here's to a great 2017 Lions Tour... Applause

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buzzing for tomorrow.

Would be historic if the Lions could beat the All Blacks for the first time at Eden Park in over 20 years!

Don't see it personally though, the Kiwis always pull it out.

Prediction: NZ 26 Lions 20
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texans_uk wrote:
Buzzing for tomorrow.

Would be historic if the Lions could beat the All Blacks for the first time at Eden Park in over 20 years!

Don't see it personally though, the Kiwis always pull it out.

Prediction: NZ 26 Lions 20


Very good game. Great intensity.

Your predicted scoreline felt like a truer representation of the game. It was close, even if the score reflects a 15-point gap.

It was really a case of the All Blacks capitalising on every opportunity, & the Lions failing to make the most of theirs.

The SOB try from the Williams break was brilliant rugby. It'd be a great result for rugby, if the Lions can win in Wellington & send the series to a decider back in Auckland.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

News:



New Zealand women's sevens get Olympic revenge with world series title

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/sevens/94069119/new-zealand-womens-sevens-team-win-world-series-title

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New Zealand are the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series champions after taking out the final tournament in France.

The team secured the world title after beating hosts France in the semifinal 21-7, before rounding out their series win with an emphatic 22-7 win over Australia in the tournament final in Clermont-Ferrand.


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Well done, NZ. Deserving champions.

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(2016 / 2017 - Sevens World Series - Final Standings / Women's)



http://www.worldrugby.org/womens-sevens-series/standings?lang=en
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Marc MacGyver wrote:
texans_uk wrote:
Buzzing for tomorrow.

Would be historic if the Lions could beat the All Blacks for the first time at Eden Park in over 20 years!

Don't see it personally though, the Kiwis always pull it out.

Prediction: NZ 26 Lions 20


Very good game. Great intensity.

Your predicted scoreline felt like a truer representation of the game. It was close, even if the score reflects a 15-point gap.

It was really a case of the All Blacks capitalising on every opportunity, & the Lions failing to make the most of theirs.

The SOB try from the Williams break was brilliant rugby. It'd be a great result for rugby, if the Lions can win in Wellington & send the series to a decider back in Auckland.


NZ are so damn good and clinical.

Today the boys have a chance but not sure about Wyn Jones and dropping Teo'o, but let's see.
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Well Gatland just proved me wrong.

Still can't believe he left Itoje out of the first test.

Still not that convincing against 14 men for 3/4 of the game.
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Agreed. I was concerned about some of the selections, but tbf it seems to have worked.

Did the red card have an effect? Probably, but that backline looked fluid when they moved the football.

In the end, the Lions got the (W). Terrific result. Applause ... Game 3 Decider - incoming.

Discipline is still a bit of a concern, but the attack has really found its feet. Remembering the Toby Faletau try was scored while it was 14 v 14.

Farrell was deadly with the boot.

And that defence Shocked ... One word - BRUTAL.

There was a period in the 2nd half where the Lions were putting in one big hit after another, just knocking All Blacks back at a rate of knots.

The physicality & collisions during this Lions series are reminiscent of late-2000s / early-2010s Steelers v Ravens, or the early / mid 2010s Seahawks v 49ers games... The type you feel in your lounge room.

All to play for next Saturday, can't wait.
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Wow, drawn series. Shocked

Fitting result, & fair reflection, imo.

Congrats to both teams. Applause

There was a lot of fantastic rugby played over the past month. Pleasure to watch.

Sadly it has to come to an end. Sad
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2018 - Super Rugby / Pro12 - News:



Cheetahs, Kings canned from Super Rugby, may play in Pro 12 instead

https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/cheetahs-kings-canned-from-super-rugby-may-play-in-pro-12-instead/news-story/13e11dc62f43e0325efed3de79cbbd5a

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THE South African rugby union confirmed on Friday what was already widely expected as it axed the Cheetahs and Southern Kings from Super Rugby from next season.

SA Rugby said the two teams have reached agreements with the national union on their Super Rugby exits and will explore other “international competition opportunities,” the biggest hint yet that they will join the Pro 12 competition in Europe.

Super Rugby organiser SANZAAR resolved this year to cut the southern hemisphere competition — which features teams from five countries and three continents — by three teams to 15 to help make it more financially viable.


An interesting shake-up to the club rugby landscape, perhaps?


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Pro14: South African teams confirmed in expanded tournament

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40787727

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The Pro12 will be expanded to include South African side Southern Kings and Cheetahs from September, organisers have confirmed.

The expanded tournament will be called the Pro14 and see the teams split into two conferences of seven made up of two Welsh, two Irish and one team each from Scotland, Italy and South Africa.


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Super Rugby - 2017 - Results (Week 17 / Regular Season - Final Round + Finals Series):



Week 17 / Final Round - Regular Season:


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Quarter Finals / Qualifiers:


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Semi Finals:


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Final:


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(Results / Match Reports - Can be found in the link below)
http://www.sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/fixtures/2017-super-rugby/
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Final Post - Rugby Union Thread - Old FF Forum:



Hundreds welcome home champion Crusaders

http://www.espn.com.au/rugby/story/_/id/20281416/hundreds-welcome-home-super-rugby-champion-crusaders

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The Crusaders have been welcomed home by hundreds of fans at Christchurch Airport late at night after beating the Lions 25-17 to become Super Rugby champions.

The team arrived home on Monday night holding their prized possession, the Super Rugby championship trophy, with Captain Sam Whitelock first to be greeted with cheers.


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Congratulations to the Crusaders on their 8th Super Rugby Title victory.

Best team all year, well deserved.

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