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RUGBY: Iain Henderson admits sin-binning probably overshadowed a decent performance for British & Irish Lions

British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson believes his performance against the Hurricanes was “probably overshadowed by the silliness of a yellow card.”

British & Irish Lions Tommy Seymour scores his second try against Hurricanes

RUGBY: British Lions captain Rory Best refuses to criticise referee after Hurricanes draw

Rory Best refused to criticise referee Romain Poite after the British and Irish Lions were held to a 31-31 draw by the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Lions' Tommy Seymour scores their opening try against Hurricanes

RUGBY: British Lions let lead slip as final midweek game with Hurricanes ends in dramatic draw


Ireland's Jared Payne was withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions' clash with the Hurricanes as a precaution after suffering a headache

RUGBY: Jared Payne a late British & Irish Lions withdrawal v Hurricanes

Ireland’s Jared Payne was withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions’ clash with the Hurricanes as a precaution after suffering a headache.

Ireland's John Cooney breaks against Japan

RUGBY: John Cooney fired up to make his mark at Ulster

John Cooney will arrive in Belfast next month with an even bigger spring in his step.

Rory Best

RUGBY: Rory Best to captain British Lions against Hurricanes

Rory Best will captain the British & Irish Lions against the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium on Tuesday.

Japan's Kotaro Matsushima (13) celebrates with teammate Akihito Yamada after scoring a try against Ireland

RUGBY: Ireland got a tough examination from Japan says Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was relieved to see his side clinch a hard-fought 35-13 victory over Japan at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.

New Zealand's Beauden Barrett is tackled by British and Irish Lions' Taulupe Faletau

RUGBY: After the phoney war ends All Blacks were too strong for British Lions in first real battle

When the trash talking finally stopped, the All Blacks wrecked the British and Irish Lions’ scrum to dump the tourists’ first Test chances in the dustbin.

Lions' Sean O'Brien scores

RUGBY: First blood to New Zealand in opening Test over British Lions


Ireland's Kieran Marmion scores

RUGBY: Ireland finish summer tour with second win over Japan


Paddy Jackson

RUGBY: Ulster trio to head up Ireland midfield against Japan

Ulster lock Kieran Treadwell and Leinster hooker James Tracy have been handed their first Test starts for Ireland in Saturday’s rematch with Japan in Tokyo.

Peter O'Mahony will lead the British and Irish Lions against New Zealand

LIONS RUGBY: Peter O’Mahony itching to express himself against New Zealand

Peter O’Mahony will lead the British and Irish Lions into Saturday’s first Test against New Zealand with the words of mentor Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley ringing in his ears: be yourself.

2017 British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand

RUGBY: Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony to captain British Lions in first Test against New Zealand

Ireland flanker O’Mahony, who led the Lions in the victory over the Maori All Blacks, will skipper the side at Eden Park.

The Mini Lions squad and coaches at Coleraine RFCC getting ready for their tour to New Zealand.

Coleraine Mini Rugby players of to NZ for Mini Lions Tour

It will be a dream come true for four young Coleraine rugby players as they set off for the Lions Tour to New Zealand at the weekend.

Ireland's Paula Fitzpatrick and Cliodhna Moloney

RUGBY: Ireland counting down to hosting Rugby Women’s World Cup

Tuesday marked just 50 days until the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in University College Dublin on the August 9. As the 12 teams from across the world continue their preparations, Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick and Cliodhna Moloney were on hand to reveal the first official tournament branding, as they tested the all-important post-pads in UCD this morning.

Lions captain Rory Best receives a hongi after the match

RUGBY: Rory Best praises response of Lions dirt-trackers after victory over Chiefs

Rory Best insisted the British and Irish Lions drew the reaction demanded from their midweek team after the Chiefs were routed 34-6 at Waikato Stadium.

The Chiefs team perform the Haka

RUGBY: British Lions in comprehensive victory over Chiefs


Ireland's Kieran Treadwell after the game 
against Japan

RUGBY: Ulster lock Kieran Treadwell still in shock after Irish debut against Japan

Ulster lock Kieran Treadwell was in dreamland after making his Test debut for Ireland against Japan on Saturday.

British and Irish Lions team huddle during training

LIONS RUGBY: Ulster trio’s opening Test prospects reduced having been named in midweek side

Warren Gatland has insisted that captain Sam Warburton remains under pressure to force his way into the British and Irish Lions’ first Test line-up.

Ireland's Jack Conan scores the second of his two tries

RUGBY: Another pass mark for new-look Ireland side after victory over Japan

Ireland followed up their 55-19 demolition of the US Eagles in New Jersey last weekend with a seven-try 50-22 trouncing of Japan at Ecopa Stadium on Saturday

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