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All Blacks vs. Lions: Who said what

Did the Lions' ill-discipline cost them the first Test? (0:41)

ESPN's Tom Hamilton believes the Lions will need to improve their discipline if they are to stand a chance in the second Test against the All Blacks. (0:41)

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The British & Irish Lions were left to rue poor finishing after world champions New Zealand won a thrilling first Test 30-15 in Auckland.

Sean O'Brien scored one of the great Lions tries, but it ultimately proved in vain. Here is what the respective head coaches and captains had to say following the match.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

He told Sky Sports: "I thought we won the battle up front in the tight five which was colossal from both sides.

"The Lions played really, really well. The first try they scored should go down as one of the best tries scored in Test rugby. They'll be proud of that and will look to do more of it."

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Wallabies just not fit enough - Moore

12:07 PM BST

Australia's Super Rugby franchises for not preparing players for the rigours of Test rugby, Wallabies captain Stephen Moore lamented after defeating Italy 40-27 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

"It shouldn't be hard for Super Rugby to produce players that are ready for Test match footy," Moore said to echo remarks made by coach Michael Cheika throughout the June Test series; Cheika has been saying, not for the first time, that his players simply weren't fit enough for the international arena.

"I don't know what the issue is there, but we need to make sure the next two months or whatever it is ... we can't waste a day.

"There is a gap between Super Rugby and Test rugby, the intensity's up, but that doesn't mean we can't train like we have to play Test footy.

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Schmidt relieved as Ireland beat Japan

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was relieved to see his side clinch a hard-fought 35-13 victory over Japan at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.

Tries from Garry Ringrose, Josh van der Flier, Kieran Marmion and Rhys Ruddock established a commanding 28-8 half-time lead, but the visitors wilted in the heat and high humidity after the break.

Ireland were kept scoreless for the majority of the second half, with substitute flanker Sean Reidy adding a late try. The win completes a clean sweep on Ireland's summer tour following a 55-19 victory over the US Eagles in New Jersey and a 50-22 win against the Brave Blossoms last Saturday.

"Having spoken to the players, that was very, very tough going," said Schmidt. "The Japanese defence came very quick off the line, very effective in the tackle and made the day very hard work. It was very hot out there, the players were fatiguing early in...


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Lions errors are 'fixable' - Gatland

Did the Lions' ill-discipline cost them the first Test? (0:41)

ESPN's Tom Hamilton believes the Lions will need to improve their discipline if they are to stand a chance in the second Test against the All Blacks. (0:41)

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    • Joined ESPN in 2011
    • Grew up in Bath but has New Zealand roots
    • Covered England's tour of New Zealand in 2014 and Australia in 2016
    • Was ESPN's man on the ground for the 2013 British & Irish Lions series and Rugby World Cup 2015

EDEN PARK, Auckland -- Their errors are fixable; that was the message from British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland as he assessed where his side had lost the first Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park.

The Lions threatened the All Blacks with a far more expansive game plan than expected, but in the end New Zealand's forwards set up a match-winning platform and some brilliant skill saw...


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Clinical All Blacks take Lions series lead

Jones: All Blacks a different class to the Lions (2:46)

Former British and Irish Lion Adam Jones believes the All Blacks had too much quality for the Lions to deal with in their first test defeat. (2:46)

3:52 PM BST
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    • Joined ESPN in 2011
    • Grew up in Bath but has New Zealand roots
    • Covered England's tour of New Zealand in 2014 and Australia in 2016
    • Was ESPN's man on the ground for the 2013 British & Irish Lions series and Rugby World Cup 2015

EDEN PARK, New Zealand -- The All Blacks' 80-minute management is unrivalled, fortress Eden Park remains secure, formidable and a place synonymous with New Zealand victory.

After the British & Irish Lions threw just about everything Warren Gatland had up his sleeve at the All Blacks, the men in black absorbed it and then returned fire with a try of such breathtaking skill that there was little you could do...


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All Blacks park razzle-dazzle for route-one rugby

Jones: Lions need to be more clinical (2:50)

Former British and Irish Lion Adam Jones believes the Lions need to be more clinical going forward to win the second test. (2:50)

2:38 PM BST

EDEN PARK, Auckland -- We had been told to expect 'Warrenball' at Eden Park. We just weren't prepared to see it adopted by the hosts.

The All Blacks -- masters of attacking, expansive rugby -- reverted to route-one footy to overpower the British & Irish Lions 30-15 in an at times brutal first Test.

It was so simple it was brilliant. Knowing the Lions would look to shut down the wider channels through their rush defence, as they had done all tour, the All Blacks rolled up the paddock through the middle chunk...


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ABs captain Read 'a fierce warrior'

Jones: All Blacks a different class to the Lions (2:46)

Former British and Irish Lion Adam Jones believes the All Blacks had too much quality for the Lions to deal with in their first test defeat. (2:46)

1:45 PM BST
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    • Joined ESPN in 2011
    • Grew up in Bath but has New Zealand roots
    • Covered England's tour of New Zealand in 2014 and Australia in 2016
    • Was ESPN's man on the ground for the 2013 British & Irish Lions series and Rugby World Cup 2015

EDEN PARK, Auckland -- "A fierce warrior" was how Steve Hansen summed up Kieran Read after a quite brilliant performance from the All Blacks captain in their win over the British & Irish Lions on Saturday.

It was Read's offload that teed up the move for Rieko Ioane's first try, but this was an all-court showing from the man who has been crowned World Rugby Player of the Year.


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All Blacks vs. Lions: Social reaction

Jones: All Blacks a different class to the Lions (2:46)

Former British and Irish Lion Adam Jones believes the All Blacks had too much quality for the Lions to deal with in their first test defeat. (2:46)


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Townsend rues sloppy Scots loss to Fiji

2:50 PM BST

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend was bitterly disappointed after seeing his dream of an unbeaten tour to launch his term in charge blown apart by the vibrant running and tackling of Fiji.

The Scots won the try count by three to two but their discipline was poor and they were ripped apart by the brilliant handling of Leone Nakarawa as five penalties from Ben Volavola secured a 27-22 win for the hosts.

Hopes were high of another Scotland win after Townsend's men followed up their defeat of Italy with a stunning victory over Australia but they were unable to make it a clean sweep.

"We did not play as well as we have done on tour but credit to Fiji, they played some outstanding rugby, particularly in the second half and were tough to handle," said Townsend.

"For us to win Test matches we have to play really well, as we showed last week [against Australia], but we missed too...


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Wallabies: Former coach Bob Dwyer criticises lack of leadership ahead of ARU emergency meeting - ABC Online

Will Genia looks miserable after the Wallabies' loss to Scotland

Cast your mind back to 2003, a time when Australian rugby was thriving.

Off the back of a hugely successful World Cup, the Australian Rugby Union's (ARU) bank balance had just been boosted by about $40 million.

The Wallabies lost the final but won over the hearts and minds of a new generation.

The tournament was one of the biggest events Australia had seen; a national showcase with games from Launceston to Townsville and everywhere in between.

But ever since that day, the ballerina on rugby's money box has been slowing. In 2017, the music came to a painful, public halt with the side's 24-19 loss to Scotland.

"From my point of view, the problem is simply a total lack of leadership in the game," says former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer, now president of Randwick rugby club in Sydney.

"We...


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Australian rugby is paying the price for ignoring its grassroots - The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian rugby has faced stern times before.

In 1908, of course, a seismic schism occurred when rugby league broke away, took the money and ran.

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Australia must go back to the future to save rugby union - The Roar

Rugby was a far more simple game in the Southern Hemisphere in 1986.

Queensland, New South Wales, Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington and Fiji came together that year to contest the inaugural South Pacific Championship (the SPC).

According to Wikipedia, the SPC was organised by the New South Wales Rugby Union to provide regular matches for the New South Wales and Queensland teams in an attempt to compete against the ever-expanding popularity of rugby league.

Auckland and Canterbury were invited into the competition “due to their close links forged over many years with the New South Wales and Queensland unions respectively”.

Wellington was invited due to having an international airport in the city while Fiji was “the most competitive of the Pacific rugby teams”.

The SPC ran successfully for five years until 1990 and formed the basis for Super Rugby as we know it today.

Fast forward to...


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Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver survives; Super Rugby saga goes on - Wide World of Sports

Bill Pulver will remain as Australian Rugby Union chief but the identity of which Australian franchise will be cut from Super Rugby remains a mystery following an emergency general meeting at ARU headquarters in Sydney.

Pulver's position had been under threat after the Victorian Rugby Union and Rugby Union Players' Association called for the meeting after three months of uncertainty for players and staff at the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels.

But while ARU chairman Cameron Clyne said Pulver was not challenged at Tuesday's "orderly" three-hour meeting, he also said the governing body was no closer to announcing whether it will be the Force or Rebels culled as part of SANZAAR's downsizing to a 15-team competition in 2018.

Clyne, though, said it was significant that a resolution to have the ARU reconsider its decision to cut a team had been defeated.

"The majority of members have...


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Representing CQ in Rugby Union Championships - Central Telegraph

AFTER only taking up rugby union earlier this year, 12-year- old Austin Kombo has been selected to play for the Central Bushrangers U13s team.

Biloela Rugby Union Junior Development Coach, Zach Wass said the whole team is proud of Austin.

"Definitely, he is a good player,” Zach said.

"It's awesome, we are still very young in our club and to have someone in our team get on the side is awesome.”

Austin only moved to Biloela last year and took up playing the sport without realising he would so good at it.

"He has a fair bit of natural ability,” Zach said.

"His footwork, speed and ability.

"He made the team from just playing one game.”

While Austin is up against some tough competition, Zach hopes he will get far.

"Be hard to say, there is lot of talented players,” Zach said.

"He has just as much chance as anyone else.”

As part of the team, Austin has to travel training every week all...


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Precious bequest for Australian rugby - The Australian

The late Paul Ramsay, founder and chairman of Ramsay Health Care.

The bequest represents only a tiny sliver of the $3.3 billion that billionaire philanthropist Paul Ramsay left to charity on his death in May 2014, but these are tough times in Australian rugby and every dollar is precious.

So there is no shortage of interest in how the money Ramsay allocated to the game he loved from his school days at St Ignatius College, Riverview — understood to be $350,000 a year for five years — will be spent. Even the Australian Rugby Union, desperate for good news, is anxious to be involved, which accounts for the presence of chief executive Bill Pulver at today’s meeting in Brisbane with the Ramsay Foundation and trustees of the rugby fund, Wallabies Paul McLean, Ken Wright and Dick Marks.

Indications are the ARU wanted to pool the money and use it in conjunction with other programs it is...


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Rugby union test: Australia v Italy - The Australian

Israel Folau of the Wallabies scores one of his tries during the Test match against Italy.

History will record that Australia maintained its 17-match unbeaten record against Italy with a 40-27 victory over the Azzurri in their rugby union Test at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, but it could have been closer. It could, indeed, have been a defeat.

As the clock clicked down to just four minutes remaining, the visitors trailed by only a point, 28-27, and Australia was facing the diabolical possibility of a second straight defeat, one which would have totally eclipsed the loss to Scotland last week.

But then, as he did so often during the 2015 World Cup, five-eighth Bernard Foley took matters into his own hands, scoring from close range before then contriving to create an overlap, with Dane Haylett-Petty’s help, for replacement winger Reece Hodge, who sped 50 metres for the...


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Rugby union: NZ defeat Lions in Test - The Australian

Rieko Ioane of the All Blacks dives in to score a try during the Test match against the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park.

Winger Rieko Ioane has scored two tries in his first Test start as New Zealand quelled a spirited performance from the British and Irish Lions to win their first Test 30-15 at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday in the three-Test rugby union series.

The All Blacks are just one win away from denying the British and Irish Lions another Test series triumph.

Ioane dived over in the left corner in the 55th minute to settle the nerves of an All Blacks team which had become rattled in the face of a fiery Lions’ performance, largely inspired by Wales fullback Liam Williams, who justified his risky selection by bringing to life the tourists’ previously dormant attacking game.

Williams created a try for Sean O’Brien in the 37th minute which brought the Lions back into...


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Italy nearly pulls off stunning Brisbane upset against Wallabies

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The Wallabies have held off a fast-finishing Italy to escape with a heart-stopping 40-27 win in Saturday's final June Test in Brisbane.

Australia looked like it was coasting to victory when Sefa Naivalu scored his second try early in the second half, giving them a 28-13 lead at Lang Park.

But two tries to the Azzurri — both coming directly from Wallaby mistakes — reduced the margin to just one point, and a yellow card to replacement prop Toby Smith put them right in the hunt for their first win against Australia.

First, Dane Haylett-Petty spilled a high cross-field kick in the 64th minute while standing just forward of the tryline, coughing the ball up to Edoardo Padovani to gift a five-pointer.

Then...


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All Blacks tame the Lions in series opener

New Zealand's Rieko Ioane scores for the All Blacks against the Lions

Winger Rieko Ioane has scored two tries in his first Test start to help New Zealand quell a spirited performance from the British and Irish Lions to win the first Test 30-15 Saturday and take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

Ioane dived over in the left corner in the 55th minute to settle the nerves of an All Blacks team which had become rattled in the face of a fiery Lions performance, largely inspired by Wales full-back Liam Williams, who justified his risky selection by bringing to life the tourists' previously dormant attacking game.

Williams created a try for Sean O'Brien in the 37th minute which brought the Lions back into the game at 13-8 after New Zealand had threatened to take control.

But Ioane's two second-half tries, his second from an uncharacteristic...


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Wallabies: Former coach Bob Dwyer criticises lack of leadership ahead of ARU emergency meeting - ABC Online

Will Genia looks miserable after the Wallabies' loss to Scotland

Cast your mind back to 2003, a time when Australian rugby was thriving.

Off the back of a hugely successful World Cup, the Australian Rugby Union's (ARU) bank balance had just been boosted by about $40 million.

The Wallabies lost the final but won over the hearts and minds of a new generation.

The tournament was one of the biggest events Australia had seen; a national showcase with games from Launceston to Townsville and everywhere in between.

But ever since that day, the ballerina on rugby's money box has been slowing. In 2017, the music came to a painful, public halt with the side's 24-19 loss to Scotland.

"From my point of view, the problem is simply a total lack of leadership in the game," says former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer, now president of Randwick rugby club in Sydney.

"We...


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