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    British & Irish Lions 2013



    Lions announce Hong Kong fixture
    Monday, October 18, 2010 - 11:00 AM





    The British and Irish Lions today announced they will launch their 2013 tour to Australia with a match in Hong Kong.


    The game against the Barbarians will serve as a curtain raiser and will be the first time they have played in the region.


    Former Scotland and Lions international Andy Irvine has been appointed tour manager, succeeding Gerald Davies.


    Davies, who performed the role in South Africa last year, has been named Lions chairman.


    In a further development, the Lions have renewed their sponsorship deal with HSBC until the end of the tour to Australia.


    The bank will continue as the Lions’ principle partner and shirt sponsor, extending the agreement that was first signed in 2007.


    Lions chief executive John Feehan said: “To be able to confirm today that the Lions will break new ground with their first ever fixture in Hong Kong will ensure the tour to Australia is even more special.


    “I’d also like to congratulate Andy and Gerald on their appointments.


    “The Lions will benefit hugely from having two highly regarded and respected former Lions at the helm for the tour to Australia.”



    Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakin...t/lions-announ ce-hong-kong-fixture-478147.html#ixzz12hgwpZrW
    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

    #2
    Let's hope it proves more successful than other recent tour
    'openers'.

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      #3


      Originally posted by plastic
      Let's hope it proves more successful than other recent tour
      'openers'.

      They've only done one other one, the Argie game in 2005.


      Looks like they're rotating the manager's gig among the 4 Unions, we'll be due it again in 2017!
      \"This year is different because this year they won\'t beat snow off a rope. They\'ll revert back to type and get 6 shades of s**t bate out of them in the group stages of the HEC ...\" Tobyglen 21 Sept 2010

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        #4
        Originally posted by Combatlogo

        Originally posted by plastic
        Let's hope it
        proves more successful than other recent tour
        'openers'.

        They've only done one other one, the Argie game in
        2005.


        Looks like they're rotating the manager's gig among the 4
        Unions, we'll be due it again in 2017!
        Who do you reckon will be coach?

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          #5
          Originally posted by Combatlogo


          Originally posted by plastic
          Let's hope it proves more successful than other recent tour
          'openers'.

          They've only done one other one, the Argie game in 2005.


          Looks like they're rotating the manager's gig among the 4 Unions, we'll be due it again in 2017!


          If I had my way, the non-playing side would be the only side to have any irish interest.

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            #6
            Originally posted by davidos
            Originally posted by Combatlogo


            Originally posted by plastic
            Let's hope it
            proves more successful than other recent tour
            'openers'.


            They've only done one other one, the Argie game in
            2005.



            Looks like they're rotating the manager's gig among the 4
            Unions, we'll be due it again in 2017!

            Who do you reckon will be coach?

            No idea but we should resurrect that thread speculating on the test XV, 2013 will be here before we know it.
            \"This year is different because this year they won\'t beat snow off a rope. They\'ll revert back to type and get 6 shades of s**t bate out of them in the group stages of the HEC ...\" Tobyglen 21 Sept 2010

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              #7
              I no longer see Courtney Lawes as a test starter.
              Gwan Joe!!

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                #8


                Row brewing as Lions hunt for head coach
                By Julian Bennetts


                Tuesday, October 19, 2010


                THE British and Irish Lions’ tour of Australia may be three years away, but a row is already breaking out about who will lead them down under.


                After Ian McGeechan’s stellar leadership of last summer’s tour to South Africa, there were always going to be big boots to fill.


                But at yesterday’s announcement that the Lions will play the tour opener in Hong Kong against the Barbarians, it became clear the selection of the next head coach will be a difficult task.


                Andy Irvine, who has been appointed tour manager revealed that the chosen man must have a strong link with the Lions – essentially meaning he must have gone on tour, either as a player or on the coaching staff, before.


                That puts the name of Warren Gatland, the forward’s coach under McGeechan, firmly in the frame. Yet Irvine also said that the candidate needs to be free to work on the job full-time for a year before the tour which, on the day that Gatland signed a contract extension with Wales, taking him up to the 2015 World Cup, would be problematic.


                After that the candidates swiftly dry up, with Irvine refusing to rule McGeechan out of the running, despite the Scot’s insistence that the tour to South Africa would be his last.


                All in all, it could prove quite a quandary for the Lions to overcome.


                "Ideally we’d like the head coach in place at least 12 months before the tour, but preferably 18 months and possibly even 21 months," said Irvine.


                "There are one or two front runners and it’s not rocket science to see who they are.


                "A big problem is the availability of coaches because this is a serious commitment.


                "It’s not feasible for a head coach to run a national side in the Six Nations prior to the tour because it would be asking too much. But we’ll be speaking to the WRU to see what level of commitment he (Gatland) must give to them as opposed to the Lions. It’s theoretically possible to coach the Lions and be the head coach of a national side in the Six Nations immediately prior, but it’s unlikely. If we weren’t looking for a complete release of Warren by the WRU, then certainly a partial release (would be an option)."


                Such stipulations could mean a recall for Lions legend, McGeechan.


                Irvine added: "We’ve very much got an open mind on Geech – his record speaks for itself, he’s Lions through to the core and did a fantastic job on the last tour. He has to be a consideration. If he rules himself out I wouldn’t want to put any pressure on him. Whoever coaches the Lions has to want to do it, but if Ian throws his hat into the ring we’d seriously have to look at it."


                This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Tuesday, October 19, 2010
                Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                  #9
                  It'll be a travesty if Zebo isn't picked.
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                    #10

                    Originally posted by tickettout
                    Peter O Mahony for captain?
                    Only if Big Pete is unavailable. I believe he's recovered well after the heart transplant and is guzzling back the stem cells...

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                      #11
                      Had to revive this thread. Great last few posts.

                      Just wanted to say that I think the new Lions advert is naff, the one on the ship. Not a great start.
                      Can't find a link to it. But its the one with Gatland as the captain, and they are all pirates... FFS like
                      The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

                      Originally posted by the plastic paddy
                      Gwan the Welsh

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                        #12
                        Talk about marketing ****e, anybody living near Carton House fancy Mike Phillips in their spare bed?

                        http://www.lionsrugby.com/mobile/news/competition.php
                        Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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                          #13
                          A reaction to the selection of Sam Warburton as captain, I really hope he does not have the same fate as Ciaran Fitzgerald's thirty years ago . . . . . .http://www.eamorugby.com/2013/05/lio...nt-repeat.html
                          Last edited by LondonMunster; 10th-May-2013, 20:49.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by LondonMunster View Post
                            A reaction to the selection of Sam Warburton as captain, I really hope he does not have the same fate as Ciaran Fitzgerald twenty years ago . . . . . .http://www.eamorugby.com/2013/05/lio...nt-repeat.html
                            Great blog Eamonn... but 1983 was 30 years ago..... sorry buddy..!
                            He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                              #15
                              And the 2005 Lions tour was also a blackwash - I really must improve my editing. Thank you for the correction. Blog updated.

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