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British Lions' 'rolling Sherman tank' Tadhg Furlong is on red alert for a Blacklash at fortress Eden Park as team ... - The Sun

GREEN GIANT Tadhg Furlong is on red alert for a Blacklash at fortress Eden Park. The 19st Irish prop has been dubbed a 'rolling Sherman tank' by the Kiwis for his performances in New Zealand. The Lions hope to scale the heights after taking advantage ...and more »

Sonny Bill Williams to miss All Blacks' last Test against Lions after copping four-week ban - ABC Online

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has been suspended for four weeks and will miss the third and deciding Test against the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland next Saturday. Williams was sent off for a dangerous shoulder charge on Lions ...and more »

All Blacks take rare home loss to British and Irish Lions 'on the chin' - ABC Online

When the All Blacks tasted defeat on home soil for the first time in 2,849 days, it is little surprise their coach Steve Hansen declared "losing sucks". Hansen was speaking after the world champion All Blacks were beaten 24-21 by the British and Irish ...and more »

Lions tour: All Blacks prop Joe Moody deflects blame off Sonny Bill Williams for second Test loss to Lions - Newshub

All Blacks prop Joe Moody says their own shortcomings were to blame for the second Test loss to the British and Irish Lions, not the sending off of Sonny Bill Williams. Moody says the team were quick to forgive Williams for his red card offence early ...and more »

Lions' pairing of Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell is brave not desperate - The Guardian (blog)

Warren Gatland's selection for the second Test gives the Lions balance, the ability to get the ball wider, quicker – plus it's another kicking option. Contact author. @nick10evans. Fri 30 Jun 2017 12.45 EDT Last modified on Wed 21 Feb 2018 15.29 EST ...and more »

What history teaches us when Lions tours go to a decider - Irish Times

Warren Gatland's Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the touring party of 1971 have managed that feat against the All Blacks but during the course of Lions ...and more »

Jamie George calls for calm as history beckons for Lions - Irish Times

A curious quirk of the Lions' game against the Maori was that Tadhg Furlong was the only non-Saracens man in the Lions' tight five, as happened again if only for a few minutes in the first Test. He has packed down almost exclusively with the Saracens ...and more »

Lions boss Warren Gatland insists his side have shackled worried New Zealand ahead of crunch Test series decider - The Sun

THE LIONS have arrived in the 'adventure capital of the world' — where adrenalin junkies get their kicks through extreme sports. But nothing in sport could be quite as extreme as the challenge awaiting the tourists at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday ...and more »

Lions handed huge boost as Sean O'Brien is cleared of punching All Blacks' Waisake Naholo to play in Third Test - The Sun

SEAN O'BRIEN handed the Lions a massive boost as he was cleared of landing a punch on Waisake Naholo to play in the Third Test. But All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams is OUT of Saturday's Eden Park decider as he was banned for four weeks for smashing ...and more »

Gordon D'Arcy: Shut down Smith, shut down the All Blacks - Irish Times

The more I re-watch the second Test, the more I see how vital New Zealand's scrumhalf is to their attacking template. Aaron Smith dominated the first Test in Eden Park. He dominated the tempo and the direction of play. That was addressed on Saturday in ...and more »