Category Archives: World Game

Dogged Lions frustrate Crusaders for vital win

Far from perfect but much, much better. That would probably be the report card attributed to last night’s 12-3 victory for the British & Irish Lions over the Crusaders in Christchurch. In a tryless contest, the boot of Owen Farrell was the difference, with the English flyhalf slotting four penalties – actually five, but more of that later – to secure a vital win for the under-fire tourists.

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Rusty Lions stretched by Barbarians in tour opener

This was a little too close for comfort. The opening game of a ten-match tour that on paper at least, offered the British & Irish Lions their easiest challenge in terms of the quality of their opponent, proved instead to be a banana skin on which they slipped, fell badly, but recovered just in time to save face and start with a 13-7 win thanks to a second half try from Anthony Watson.

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The Balance of Power: Redrawing Rugby’s Global Map

The Seven Nations, the Pacific Trophy and the Cup of the America’s. All potential monikers for the three tournaments that will dominate the adjusted landscape of international rugby in 2020. Well, just maybe. According to former Argentine scrum-half Agustín Pichot, the future may well see the growth of existing competitions alongside the creation of new ones, as the global map of the sport is redrawn and the balance of power shifts inexorably north.

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