Leinster coach Robin McBride on how Johnny Sexton and James Ryan have dealt with Lions upset

Leinster’s coach in the Lions camp got a nod and a wink from Johnny Sexton after the Ireland skipper missed out on selection. But Robin McBryde believes the likes of disappointed pair Sexton and James Ryan are ready to step up if Warren Gatland calls them off the stand-by list to head to South Africa. … Read more

‘Gatland knows Lions must match Springboks’ physicality’

BM: The Lions badge is iconic. It is beautiful when you get it embroidered and braided in the little materials that you get on the tour shirt and on the blazers. When you put that on for the first time, can you remember what you thought? SIM: I couldn’t believe it, really. We actually got … Read more

Japan names squad for European rugby tour

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph on Monday named captain Michael Leitch, fullback/wing Kotaro Matsushima and No. 8 Kazuki Himeno among 36 players for a two-match European tour in June and July. Having not played a game since their heroics at the 2019 Rugby World Cup on home soil, the Brave Blossoms will face the British … Read more

Lions ready to welcome 16,500 fans for test against Japan

London – A crowd of up to 16,500 will be permitted to watch the British and Irish Lions’ warmup match against Japan at Murrayfield on June 26, it was announced Wednesday. The curtain-raiser to the combined side’s tour of South Africa will see social distancing measures designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus in … Read more

When does it start, match dates, times and TV schedule

The British & Irish Lions Tour in South Africa begins on July 3, although there will be a pre-Tour match against Japan at Murrayfield on June 26 before the team departs. The tour – which was under threat because of Covid-19 but will go ahead as planned – has been shortened from 10 games to eight, … Read more