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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 Team- Who Will Make The Lions Rugby Team?

Lions Rugby Team – Who are the likely contenders for the Test team in South Africa? Who will be the Lions Rugby Team captain? Read on and add your personal choices in the comments.
My choice at present ( I am never 100% decided and I am even more fickle with my team selections than Eamonn Dunphy!)
1. Gethin Jenkins (Wales)
2. Jerry Flannery (Ireland)
3. Ewan Murray (Scotland)
4. Donnacha O’ Callaghan (Ireland)
5. Paul O’Connell (Ireland) Captain
6. Ryan Jones (Wales)
7. David Wallace (Ireland)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)
9. Mike Blair (Scotland)
10. Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
11. Shane Williams (Wales)
12. Ricky Flutey (England)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
14. Ugo Monye (England)
15. Lee Byrne (Wales)

16. Matthew Rees (Wales)
17. Adam Jones (Wales)
18. Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales)
19. Denis Leamy (Ireland)
20. Mike Phillips (Wales)
21. Stephen Jones (Wales)
22. Luke Fitzgerald (Ireland)

Martin Williams ?

Joe Worsley?

Tom Shanklin?

Nathan Hines?


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2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa

By admin · April 2, 2009 · Filed in British Lions Tour · 1 Comment »

This video features Ian McGeechan, the Head Coach of the British and Irish Lions Rugby union team and Gerald Davies, 2009 Tour Manager. It was recorded Friday 6th June at a press conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Would you like to see a SANZAR team touring Europe?

By admin · January 14, 2010 · Filed in British Lions Tour · 3 Comments »

every four years or so? it would be kind of like the british and irish Lions Tours. i think a SANZAR tour would be great (even though they would probably thrash every team).
true. it would be a bit one sided, but it would also be a spectacle. who wouldn’t want to see a SANZAR side?

The idea has been floated before, but don’t forget that a combined SANZAR squad would suffer from the exactly same problems as do the Lions. They would be a throw-together unit without enough training time to form a really cohesive team. I don’t think that they could dominate the established NH club or national sides any more that the Lions do those in the SH.

Rather than scraping up some new sort of international All-Star squad — I mean isn’t that what the Baa-Baas are for (?) — it might be more interesting to set up some sort of test between the Super-15 winner and the Heineken Cup winner. Two established sides with players that have been together for a least a full season, if not longer. That would put real NH v. SH bragging rights on the line.

British and Irish Lions tour – 4 July 2009 – Live Streaming Here – Watch For Free Here?

By admin · August 30, 2009 · Filed in British Lions Tour · 3 Comments »

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By admin · July 25, 2009 · Filed in British Lions Tour · 5 Comments »

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British and Irish Lions – Tour to South Africa 2009 – Live Streaming?

By admin · July 22, 2009 · Filed in British Lions Tour · 4 Comments »

British and Irish Lions tour live streaming?

By admin · July 6, 2009 · Filed in British Lions Tour · 2 Comments »

Sat 04 Jul
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Watch British and Irish Lions Tour Live streaming?

By admin · July 5, 2009 · Filed in British Lions Tour · 3 Comments »

Sat 04 Jul
Venue: Coca-Cola Park
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
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British Irish Lions vs South Africa Live Streaming Rugby Union TV Link 3rd Test
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