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  • huron
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    With these latest developments in pro12. Why would the Lions bother their backsides tour to SA in four years? A combo Argentina, Japan, Pacific Islands tour would surely be far more interesting than seeing the same teams we play week in and week out.

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  • whimpersnap
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    I'm sure PRL have already sent off their invoice to the New Zealand treasury.

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  • lilleexile
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    Lions tour boosts NZ Economy by 11.3% during tour?NZ Economy Counts The Spoils Of Hosting The Lions

    After recovering from the rugby, New Zealand media have been reporting on the estimated economic benefits of the Lions tour especially to cities hosting games: Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch.
    An estimated 25,000 in-bound tourists descended on New Zealand for the tour with considerable domestic visitors too with Auckland estimating an influx of 14,000 non-local Kiwis for both Eden Parktests.
    A total spend of $120m (£68.4m or €76.8m) was expected to be attributed to the Lions tour. Data from electronic payments company Paymark showed $904m was spent on food, alcohol and entertainment for the month of June - up 11.3 per cent on the same period in 2016...

    http://www.runningrugby.com/events/N...ing-The-Lions/

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  • busby
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    Originally posted by wellboy View Post
    Anybody read Gordon Darcys column in the Irish times? They get is a fcuking crackpot. Cane an anonymous and Farrell superb apprarently. This is a guy who went on two lions tours and failed miserably in both. Really annoys me as a pundit
    Does him going on two tours and failing mean he's worse positioned to comment than yourself, who (presumably) never went on any?

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  • Daithi
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    Originally posted by Lomasney View Post
    Gatland now world's best coach, says Lions boss
    Updated / Sunday, 9 Jul 2017 08:44

    Lions head coach Warren Gatland
    Lions head coach Warren Gatland

    Warren Gatland has been hailed as the world's best head coach by British and Irish Lions tour manager John Spencer.

    Wales boss Gatland led the Lions to a hard-fought series draw in his native New Zealand, thanks to Saturday's 15-15 tie in the final Test in Auckland.

    The All Blacks have already admitted the 53-year-old is on their list of targets as a potential replacement for head coach Steve Hansen, who will step down after the 2019 World Cup in Japan...

    https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/...ys-lions-boss/
    In fairness, he did a really brilliant job with this Lions tour despite the lead in, itinerary, & refereeing of the 1St test being a total joke.

    He got the players playing for each other &the team, he selecteded courageously on form, & when his initial test gameplan & selection were found wanting, he changed them decisively, and those changes made telling impacts e.g 2 playmakers in midfield, 2 open-sides in the backrow, Itoje starting etc. Yes the selection & non use of the geographical 6 was daft, and his allowance for player welfare in the final midweek match and the final test in particular was really awful, but in a tough gig he got a lot more right, and, perhaps more importantly he got results. Very impressive indeed. A fair feat, especially for a supposed clown.
    Last edited by Daithi; 12th-July-2017, 15:30.

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  • Boo-boo
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    Originally posted by Daithi View Post
    That guy is so fuppin indisciplined that he gives away penos in test matches from the stands.... jeez , and as for that guy marler, let me tell ya about him........
    Did they take into account the warm up games?

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  • Daithi
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    Originally posted by ustix View Post
    Dan Cole managing to concede test penalties seems even more remarkable boo
    That guy is so fuppin indisciplined that he gives away penos in test matches from the stands.... jeez , and as for that guy marler, let me tell ya about him........

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  • wellboy
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    Anybody read Gordon Darcys column in the Irish times? They get is a fcuking crackpot. Cane an anonymous and Farrell superb apprarently. This is a guy who went on two lions tours and failed miserably in both. Really annoys me as a pundit

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  • ustix
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    Originally posted by Boo-boo View Post
    Owen Farrell came out on top as the lions tour misser of most tackles at 1.8 tackles missed per game.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news...ectid=11888331
    Dan Cole managing to concede test penalties seems even more remarkable boo

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  • Boo-boo
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    Owen Farrell came out on top as the lions tour misser of most tackles at 1.8 tackles missed per game.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news...ectid=11888331
    Last edited by Boo-boo; 11th-July-2017, 16:20.

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  • whimpersnap
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    Have to give Nigel's PA credit for shoving a sheet with some non-English teams written in front of him before he started talking. He'd never have remembered otherwise.

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  • Munsterboy
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    Originally posted by lilleexile View Post
    Saracens chief Nigel Wray calls for Lions to face All Blacks in home series
    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/rugb...-a3584256.html
    "You could have warm up games against all of the top teams from the home unions: Munster, Saracens, Ospreys and Glasgow."

    I always had time for Nigel. Very wise fella.

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  • lilleexile
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    Saracens chief Nigel Wray calls for Lions to face All Blacks in home series
    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/rugb...-a3584256.html

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  • Daithi
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    So the Lions tour is over and in fairness it was a pretty good one as they go.

    The Irish guys did really well imho with Furlong, SOB, Murray & Sexton playing especially well in the toughest games.

    Unfortunately many of the Irish guys were injured as usual e.g. Payne (does not sound good), Henshaw & SOB all with serious looking injuries and Sexton also playing on on a heavily injured /bandaged ankle. It will only be mid next season when the full attritional cost of this tour effort can be assessed in full.

    However it seems the tour has become a battleground for retaining the supremacy of the international game over the club game (& the troublesome, mercenary English clubs in particular), so I'm beginning to feel a slightly greater allegiance to its aims. However there are serious issues with it that need addressing e.g. prep, lead in, itinerary, player welfare, player welfare and yes player welfare.......

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  • whimpersnap
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    Pity we don't still have Ian Madigan to fill in for Ed Furlong.

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