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London Irish: Nick Kennedy prepares for tough opening month in Premiership return

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy expects a tough first month on their return to the Premiership.

Rugby-Brumbies lose backs Godwin and Toua to injuries

SYDNEY, July 10 (Reuters) - ACT Brumbies will be without backs Kyle Godwin and Aidan Toua for the remainder of the Super Rugby season after both suffered season-ending injuries, the club said on Monday.

Best player, try, quip and tourist - our end-of-tour Lions awards

Former Lions winger Ugo Monye and BBC rugby reporter Chris Jones reveal their end-of-tour awards after the drawn series with New Zealand.

Rugby-Respect earned at home, Gatland ponders third Lions tour

AUCKLAND, July 10 (Reuters) - Warren Gatland will consider coaching the British and Irish Lions for a third time in 2021 but would want more time to prepare his players in South Africa than he had for the drawn series in New Zealand...

Warren Gatland committed as Wales coach after British and Irish Lions tour

Warren Gatland says he will honour his current contract with Wales after leading the Lions to a drawn series in New Zealand.

Gobsmacking, enthralling and here to stay - Guscott's Lions verdict

We have witnessed a phenomenal series, and after the slow start to the tour surely no-one now doubts the Lions' future, writes Jeremy Guscott.

WRAPUP 1-Rugby-Lions tour still enthralling despite series stalemate

WELLINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The latest British and Irish Lions tour may have ended in a stalemate, but it reinvigorated rugby in New Zealand, enhanced the reputation of its coach and gave the world champions a timely boost in terms of their World Cup planning.

McBride hoping NZ series has 'saved the Lions'

British and Irish Lions legend Willie John McBride hopes the brand has been saved by the drawn series in New Zealand.

Rugby-Hansen welcomes 'road bumps' as All Blacks pushed by Lions

AUCKLAND, July 9 (Reuters) - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has welcomed the "road bumps" his side encountered in the drawn test series against the British and Irish Lions and believes the experience would help them as they build towards the next World Cup.

Rugby-Referee made a mistake, but laws need to be looked at - Hansen

AUCKLAND, July 9 (Reuters) - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen maintains Romain Poite made a mistake in overturning a late penalty against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday but said there were other key decisions against his team that should prompt World Rugby to re-examine the laws of the game.

Rugby-Lions would have won with one more week - tour manager

AUCKLAND, July 9 (Reuters) - British and Irish Lions tour manager John Spencer believes the team would have won the test series against New Zealand had they had one more week of preparation time.

Rugby-Davies named Lions' player of New Zealand tour

AUCKLAND, July 9 (Reuters) - Wales centre Jonathan Davies has been named by his British and Irish Lions team mates as their player of the tour of New Zealand, the Lions said on Sunday.

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