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Howley’s open book policy on Test selection

Having been at the core of the British & Irish Lions coaching staff for the past three tours, Warren Gatland and Rob Howley know a thing or two about how to keep a squad of players from four different countries united.

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Rob Penney: Irish tour a boost to RWC19

Former Munster coach Rob Penney said Ireland’s two-match tour of Japan has been hugely beneficial for local administrators preparing to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

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Why Lions remain relevant in the 21st century

After the weeks of verbal jousting started by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and latterly engaged in by Lions boss Warren Gatland, the pair of New Zealanders have finally found some common ground.

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Farrells put family on back burner

Andy and Owen Farrell may be one of the most successful father-son partnerships in sport right now but the Lions starting test fly-half has revealed this tour to New Zealand has been strictly business with the squad’s defence coach.

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Multi-talented Ringrose has eyes opened by East

Garry Ringrose hasn’t looked back since making his Irish debut last November and tomorrow (6.40am, Eir Sport) he will chalk up his 11th appearance in a row for the national side.

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Trash-talk over, rugby coaches savour the challenge

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen knows all about the benefits of taking a series lead from a first Test victory, but he is relishing a genuine three-game tussle with the British & Irish Lions over the coming weeks.

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Quiet man Peter O'Mahony the glue in Lions pack

Not screaming and roaring, rather going menacingly into the night. That is the leadership approach Warren Gatland sees Lions Test captain Peter O’Mahony possessing as he prepares to lead the tourists into the series opener with New Zealand.

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Sky’s the limit for Furlong’s career

As if being selected in the British and Irish Lions Test front row was not confidence-lifting in itself, Tadhg Furlong received a further boost from Warren Gatland to send him into tomorrow morning’s first Test with a spring in his step.

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