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George Hook – Lions Tour 2009 Video Blog – Royal XV 25 Lions 37

By admin · May 31, 2009 · Filed in George Hook's Video Blog · 5 Comments »

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The British And Irish Lions Tour – Heavy Duty Entertainment

By admin · May 28, 2009 · Filed in British Lions Tour, Lions Tour · Comments Off

 The British And Irish Lions Tour – Heavy Duty Entertainment. The  Lions Tour – The Countdown has already begun, The British And Irish Lions  Tour to South Africa will happen this June. Thousands of British And Irish Lions fans have already bought their tickets and made reservations to confirm their presence at the event. It will be undoubtedly the biggest and the best sports event of the year.  
The  Lions Rugby Team is a rugby union team which is made up of players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Initially called the British Isles Team, the name British Lions came up during their tour to New Zealand and Australia in 1950. Since their jerseys and ties had the emblem of a lion, journalists used it as a nickname. Ever since the tour to Australia in 2001 they have been called the British And Irish Lions. 
The first tour took place in 1888 when a squad consisting of 21 players from Scotland, England and Wales visited Australia and New Zealand. They won 27 matches against the teams from Victoria and South Australia in the 35-match tour. Three years later after first match tour, the English rugby team was invited to tour in South Africa and today it is a major sporting occasion. 
The summer tour of the  British And Irish Lions Rugby Team is happening again in South Africa after a 12 year break and the rugby fans worldwide are anticipating an eventful clash between the two giants. Can the British Lions strike the current champs who are also regarded as a stern challenge to the tourists? The British Lions touring squad will be having a well-balanced squad with players from the Six Nations and Guinness Premiership whom will be captained by Ireland???s Paul O’Connell.


The fixtures will be as follows:

30 May – 14.00 hrs  Highveld at Royal Bafokeng, Rustenburg
3 June – 14.00 hrs  Golden Lions at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
6 June – 14.00 hrs  Cheetahs at Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
10 June – 18.10 hrs Sharks at ABSA Park, Durban
13 June – 14.00 hrs Western Province at Newlands, Cape Town
16 June – 14.00 hrs  Coastal XV at Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Eliz.
20 June – 14.00 hrs South Africa at ABSA Park, Durban (1st Test)
23 June – 18.10 hrs Emerging Springboks at Newlands, Cape Town
27 June – 14.00  hrs South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria (2nd Test)
4 July – 14.00  hrs South Africa at Ellis Park, Johannesburg (3rd Test)

Since rugby is a confrontational sport there have been many unsavoury incidents throughout the past years. However The International Rugby Board will be monitoring the matches through video technology and will carry out necessary punishments for any foul play.
The 2009 British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa is much awaited with great expectation and is considered to be one of most highly charged and physically demanding contests and the matches will definitely be a thrilling experience for the rugby fans. It will be indeed interesting to see what tactics the British Lions of 2009 will use in the games while  Ian McGeechan is coach. It is also food for thought that British And Irish Lions won the last series in 1997 in South Africa when Ian McGeechan was their coach.

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Little Matter Of Lions Tour Series Win On O’Driscoll’s Wishlist

By admin · May 28, 2009 · Filed in British Lions Tour, Lions Tour · Comments Off

Lions Tour News – Little Matter Of Lions Tour Series Win On O’Driscoll’s Wishlist. It has been a victorious spring for Irish teams that seemingly could not win the ultimate prizesAfter a decade of near misses, the national side finally won the Six Nations and won it in style, sweeping all of its games for a Grand Slam, the first since 1948.
On Saturday, Leinster, the team based in Dublin, at last won the European Cup, beating Leicester, 19-16, in a tense final in Edinburgh.

Other Irish teams had won the competition before: Ulster in 1999, Munster in 2006 and 2008. But Leinster had been a serial  semi final loser until they hammered Munster, the reigning champions this year.

Leicester, in contrast, were appearing in their fifth European Cup final — although only two had ended in triumph.

The only two players in the Leinster team with any experience of a European final had earned it in Leicester shirts. In the 2007 final, Shane Jennings started and Leo Cullen, now the Leinster captain, played 30 minutes as a replacement. But Leicester were undone by London Wasps, and after the defeat the two men   returned to their native soil.

The fact that Leicester were in Edinburgh at all after a generally mediocre season suggested to be proof that they knew how to win.

In the 2nd semi final, they beat Cardiff in a prolonged penalty shootout. The club had spent much of their English league season trailing the leaders, but ended it by defeating London Irish in the playoff final a week earlier. This was a team that  operated well under pressure.

The early pressure on Saturday came from Leinster. Brian O’Driscoll, the Ireland captain, put Leinster ahead with a drop goal. Julien Dupuy leveled with a penalty for Leicester.

Johnny Sexton, a 23-year-old who had come on after 20 minutes in the semifinal after the veteran Argentine fly half Felipe Contepomi suffered a season-ending injury, increased the lead with a prodigious drop goal from halfway. He then added a penalty. The youngster seemed to be playing without fear.

But Leinster had to build their lead in three-point increments because they could not turn steady pressure into touchdowns against a swarming Leicester defense. D’Arcy was stopped inches from the line after Sexton had made the initial break.

The first time that Leicester attacked, Leinster wobbled. After 33 minutes, with the line in danger, Stan Wright, a prop forward from the Cook Islands, tackled the Leicester fly half Sam Vesty even though he did not have the ball at the time. Wright was sent off for 10 minutes.

While he was off, Leicester scored 13 points. Dupuy booted a penalty. Ben Woods crashed through the depleted defense for a try. Dupuy kicked the conversion and added a penalty early in the second half.

At full strength, Leinster re-established their domination. Leinster have often  been derided as too dainty, too reliant on their talented Ireland backs — O’Driscoll, D’Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald and Shane Horgan — and too soft in the forwards. On Saturday, Wright and the other prop, Cian Healey, and the Australian flanker Rocky Elsom hammered Leicester backwards.

Elsom was named man of the match. “I would say that he is the  best player I have ever played with, and I have played with many good players,” O’Driscoll said at the post match news conference.

Sexton missed a long-range penalty, but Leinster at last broke through with a try by star forward Jamie Heaslip who powered his way over the line. Sexton kicked the conversion to level the scores.

The final was played the day before the British and Irish Lions flew to South Africa to begin their tour. O’Driscoll was captain on their last tour, to New Zealand in 2005, but was injured in the opening seconds of the first test. He will almost certainly start the Test Matches in South Africa.

But on the day when the Lions was announced they were calling up James Hook to replace his fellow Welshman, Leigh Halfpenny, who was hurt in training last week, O’Driscoll gave the Lions’ management a brief scare.

Just after the hour, O’Driscoll got up from a heavy collision clutching his shoulder. He went to play on the wing, his arm hanging at his side. Five minutes later, he suddenly jinked past three defenders on the left wing, forcing a penalty from the Leicester defense.

With the pressure on, Sexton took the kick. He did not strike it well, but the ball hooked just inside the far post and flopped over the bar. Leinster led. As he turned to run back, Sexton pulled a face that suggested both relief and disbelief.

Leinster could not quite pen Leicester back for the last 10 minutes, but they avoided making any mistakes in their own half. This time, Leicester could not find a way to win.

Experience and history are important, but sometimes winning is simply a question of playing better than your opponent.

At the end, a joyful O’Driscoll was interviewed on the field and happily milked the applause from Leinster’s adoring fans.

“I’ve played for this team for 10 years,” he said. “I’ve loved every minute playing for them. I love Leinster.”

O’Driscoll was captain of the Ireland team that broke through in the Six Nations this year. It has been a pretty good season for him.

“Just one competition to go; a little Lions series will cap it off nicely,” he said.

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Lions Rugby: Winners And Losers Of The Lions Rugby Team 2009!

By admin · May 7, 2009 · Filed in Lions Rugby · Comments Off


Shanklin faces nervous Lions wait as Ireland’s Gordon D’Arcy may still end up in the Lions Rugby squad as soon as it emerged that an injury to Wales centre Tom Shanklin possibly will see him miss the tour to South Africa.

Shanklin injured his shoulder late on in the Cardiff Blues Magners League victory  against the Newport-Gwent Dragons last night. He was taken for an X-Ray after the game and will now have an MRI scan to consider the extent of the damage.

The injury is thought to be a dislocation of the shoulder.

A Lions statement said: ‘The Cardiff Blues medical panel will with a bit of luck have a more thorough update available by the weekend.’

Ex-Wales international Bob Norster, who is currently the Cardiff Blues chief executive, added: ‘He has taken a severe whack to the shoulder, they are now assessing him and getting him down to the hospital for an X-ray and we will be aware of a bit more later on.

‘We will make a correct assessment in attendance with the medics.’

D’Arcy’s absence from the initial squad came as a shock to the South Africans, whose trainer Pieter De Villiers had rated the 41-times capped Ireland international the finest inside centre in the world.

D’Arcy’s form for Ireland in the concluding part of the RBS 6 Nations, and his robust performance for Leinster in their Heineken Cup semi-final success over Munster on Saturday also designate him a strong contender.

Scotland centre Max Evans, Wales’ fly-half and inside centre James Hook and Wasps player Josh Lewsey, who has retired from international rugby, are others who could enter the frame.

But the Lions Rugby Team will be keen not to see one more member of the original touring party exit the squad. Shanklin is the second member of the original Lions Tour party named by Ian McGeechan to go on the doubtful list in recent days.

Alan Quinlan faces a disciplinary hearing over an incident involving contact with the face of Leinster second row Leo Cullen during that Munster defeat to Leinster on Saturday and must avoid a long suspension to retain his place in the touring group.

Quinlan’s Munster team-mate Tomás O’Leary is definitely out of the Tour after breaking his leg during Munster’s Magners League game against Llanelli in April.

A stand-in number nine has up till now to be called into the squad, although Scotland captain Mike Blair is the favourite to get the thumbs up

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Champion Men’s Rugby Short, Black, Large

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Champion men’s rugby shorts are tough as the game itself. Soft yet sturdy jersey breathes for constant comfort. Full athletic cut allows nonstop ease and freedom. Exposed elastic waist adjusts with drawcord for flexible fit. Bartacked side-seam pocket

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adidas Men’s Nine 15 IV Soft Ground Rugby Cleat,Black/Silver/Blue,11 M

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Lil’ Rugger Baby Rugby T-Shirt – 12 Months

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Made By Red Rhino Sports. Kids shirt for the littlest rugger in your house. Made out of 100% cotton.

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Corry to savour Twickenham farewell

By admin · May 31, 2009 · Filed in Rugby News · Comments Off

Martin Corry will bid an emotional farewell to rugby at HQ amid a sense of fulfilment that enables him to retire without regret.”

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New Zealand Rugby T-Shirt – L

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Made By Red Rhino Sports. This design is printed on the front of the tshirt. The tshirt is made out of 100% cotton. This is not the official t-shirt.

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McGeechan happy now the Lions have arrived in South Africa

By admin · May 31, 2009 · Filed in Rugby Videos · Comments Off

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