Warburton became the first to agree a deal with the Welsh Rugby Union that will keep him playing for the Cardiff Blues
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Sunday 08 September 2013
Brian O'Driscoll's strop last week, when the Ireland centre said he "resented" the Lions head coach, Warren Gatland, for dropping him for the series-winning Third Test against Australia in July, showed just how much playing for the Lions means. Yet, as the 1968 and 1971 tourist and future tour manager Gerald Davies points out in his introduction to this definitive history, as rugby union went officially professional in the 1990s there were those who questioned whether the concept and ethos of the Lions would survive the change.
Sunday 01 September 2013
Saturday 31 August 2013
Books are often dedicated to other writers. Recently this column looked at Edward Phillips Oppenheim, a dedicatee of P G Wodehouse. Here's another: G K Chesteron's novel about anarchist terrorism, The Man Who Was Thursday, is dedicated to E C Bentley, born in 1875. The pair had met as schoolboys at St Paul's and became fast friends. Bentley went to Oxford, but left law studies to become a journalist, in which profession he continued for most of his life.
Thursday 29 August 2013
After spectacularly talking himself out of the Lions tour, the hooker knows an England future depends on cleaning up his act
Saturday 24 August 2013
All eyes today will be on departing full-back
Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill claims RFU have set a dangerous precedent that he expects to be maintained
Friday 16 August 2013
Tigers director of rugby was banned for using foul and abusive language and expects anyone who swears in the future to face the same punishment
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Almost a decade after they were dismissed as "window dressing", racial quotas are on their way back to South African sport.
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Cardiff will also play host to Amlin Challenge Cup
Monday 15 July 2013
Australia confirm Robbie Deans' resignation as head coach following defeat to the British and Irish Lions
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Ewen McKenzie becomes the new head coach of the Wallabies
British and Irish Lions 2013: Australia waste little time in making head coach Robbie Deans the scapegoat, with Ewen McKenzie lined up as successor
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Robbie Deans’ failure to lead Australia to a series win over the British and Irish Lions was last night expected to result in the coach’s sacking. Ewen McKenzie was lined up to be named as Deans’ successor.
Wednesday 03 July 2013
The Tigers' director of rugby was banned for nine matches
Tuesday 02 July 2013
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been suspended for nine matches by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel after he was found guilty of using words that were “obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional” during the Aviva Premiership final.
British and Irish Lions 2013: Australia captain James Horwill to learn fate tonight over 'stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones' in first Test
Monday 01 July 2013
Australia captain James Horwill will learn by this evening whether he is available for Saturday's series decider against the British and Irish Lions in Sydney.
Friday 28 June 2013
A Wales rugby player who punched a man in an Australian hotel bar while celebrating a British and Irish Lions win must pay thousands of pounds in compensation to his victim.
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