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Gatland puts faith in his Munster mongrel

Peter O’Mahony’s elevation to the British & Irish Lions captaincy for Saturday’s first test against New Zealand is as much a signal of intent as the bestowal of a coveted title on a born leader.

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Lions series a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ for All Blacks stars

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has described the British and Irish Lions test series as a “once-in-a- lifetime opportunity” for his players.

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Hot-shot Paddy Jackson aiming to kick on

Paddy Jackson is thrilled with the way he is kicking at the moment but admitted he was unaware he is on a streak which has seen him land 33 out of 34 kicks for Ireland since last November.

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Irish build Japanese friendships before 2023 vote

The Irish rugby presence in Japan has been busy on two distinct fronts over the past fortnight.

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Learning language of the coaches

Within every drill is a game trying to shine through, writes Dr Ed Coughlan

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Lions gathering momentum with win against the Chiefs

A meaningless match? Try telling that to this British & Irish Lions matchday squad which yesterday gave their comrades a morale-boosting victory to take into this Saturday’s first Test against New Zealand.

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Warren Gatland bench options so crucial

From day one of his tenure as the head coach of the 2017 British and Irish Lions, Warren Gatland has preached the importance of a power-packed set of replacements to come into the game and either close out a victory or reel in a deficit.

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Players not distracted by talk of Erasmus departure

The Irish management last night insisted that their Munster players are not being sidetracked by talk of Rassie Erasmus leaving the province.

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Conway reaps the reward for consistency

Munster winger Andrew Conway hopes to make up for lost time after making his first start for Ireland on Saturday.

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Farrell wants players to visit the ‘hurt arena’

Beauden Barrett’s assertion that the All Blacks’ sparkling offensive play is only just getting started certainly sounded pretty disconcerting from a Lions point of view, given it came after a 12-try thrashing of Samoa.

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O’Mahony in pole position for Lions captaincy

Peter O’Mahony’s suitability to lead the Lions into the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday has been endorsed by defence coach Andy Farrell as the tour management prepares to sit down and select its starting XV for Eden Park.

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