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Jamie Roberts prepared to lay down marker

The prior Lions went on to narrowly remove their array opposite South Africa, so all would not be mislaid even if a Lions constructed to do so during Hong Kong Stadium.

In 2009, a debate was adult though frequency using when they scraped a feat over a Royal XV of part-timers.

“I will always remember that game,” pronounced Roberts. “We roughly mislaid it. Some of us were forcing things, doing things we wouldn’t customarily do. It’s a cliche we know, though it’s a outrageous plea in itself for a Lions to get everybody singing off a same strain sheet.

“When we demeanour behind on that tour, we played some of a best rugby of my career in a Lions shirt and that’s what we desperately wish to recreate. Ultimately we wish to win a Lions Test array with these guys.

“It’s not about particular goals, though being partial of a debate that wins. We were tighten in 2009. That changing room after a second Test was distinct anything I’d ever gifted and even 4 years after we still haven’t famous anything like it – losing a diversion of such outrageous significance.”

In centre partnership with Brian O’Driscoll, Roberts was a Lions’ actor of a array opposite a Springboks. But for him it finished with a critical wrist damage that put him out of a third Test, won by a Lions in Johannesburg.

Roberts and Jonathan Davies are given a initial moment during centre today, with O’Driscoll and Manu Tuilagi to follow after a belated attainment in Australia.

“It’s right behind to block one and a coaches have beaten that home to each player,” pronounced Roberts. “However gifted we are, whatever has left before, it’s all about personification good on this debate for a team.

“There is outrageous foe in my position. I’m certain Jon and we have a good event to put down a pen and set a level.

“I’m equally certain Manu and Brian will come in and try to lift a bar subsequent week.”

This is an opinion distributed to conciliate manager Warren Gatland, who says that he has no preconceptions about Test preference and will not even have any conceptions about it until his Lions have played 4 of a 6 games heading to a initial Test opposite a Wallabies.

Article source: http://www.express.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/404121/Jamie-Roberts-ready-to-lay-down-marker

Lions prepared to bark – Farrell

The Lions will be good and truly out of their comfort zone, with a feverishness during kick-off – 7.30pm internal time – foresee to be around 30 degrees. Two brief H2O breaks during any half are scheduled, while hulk fans will be situated nearby a touchlines if Lions and Barbarians players need them.

Lions partner manager Farrell, though, does not design a conditions being an emanate for a squad. “The guys have blending fantastically well, lerned unequivocally greatly and they are all prickly for a game,” Farrell said. “It’s 15 mins and 30 mins for H2O breaks in any half and there are fans on a side of a representation all a time, so it won’t be a problem whatsoever.”

He added: “The players have coped unequivocally good in training in a mornings and afternoons when it has been unequivocally hot. These boys fill in wellness charts each singular morning, they have (urine) tests each day, they import before and after training.

“The initial day here was unequivocally wet when we lerned – we consider it was 85 per cent – and some boys mislaid 3 and 4 kilograms. The subsequent day we had rehydration breaks and fans on a side of a representation and some of a boys usually mislaid one kilogram.

“They’ve got ice vests they can use during half-time to cold their physique down and some like to put an ice towel over their head, though once we are in a center of a diversion and meditative about rugby, we are not meditative about feverishness and exhaustion.

“One thing that shines out about this patrol is that they are in shining nick. That has been a beauty of a training week we had in Wales and a training week in Ireland. We’ve been means to condition them and get them aloft than compare intensity.

“What we would design from a side like this is an power that hopefully a Barbarians are going to onslaught with.”

The Baa-Baas clash, noticed by some pundits as an irrelevant nuisance before distant some-more critical business Down Under, will give Lions conduct manager Warren Gatland an evident event to consider combinations before nearing in Perth on Monday.

Attention is expected to concentration on a half-back pairing of Owen Farrell and Mike Phillips, a Richie Gray-Paul O’Connell second-row partnership and an all-Welsh back-row of Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric and Toby Faletau.

Article source: http://www.express.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/404018/Lions-ready-to-roar-Farrell

Three changes to Wallabies to squad

Nick Phipps Wallabies training RC 2012

Called up: Nick Phipps


Australia have done 3 injury-enforced changes to their rough 25-man patrol for a British and Irish Lions Test series.

Melbourne Rebels scrum-half Nick Phipps, Waratahs close Kane Douglas and Western Force back-row brazen Ben McCalman have been summoned instead of harmed contingent Digby Ioane, Sitaleki Timani and Scott Higginbotham.

There is still no place for playmakers Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale in a organisation that goes into stay in Sydney on Sunday nonetheless reports in Australia advise Beale who is undergoing diagnosis for alcohol-related problems in a Sydney clinic, will also be invited to sight with a patrol after a runout for his bar Randwick on Saturday.

Wallabies Coach Robbie Deans will supplement a serve 6 players to a initial 25-man patrol on Jun 11.

Timani and Higginbotham have forsaken out of a rough patrol after injuries suffered during this weekend’s turn of Super Rugby.

Their prospects of appearance in a Test array from Jun 22 to Jul 6 will be dynamic after a span have undergone scans for ride and shoulder complaints respectively.

Timani postulated a suspected damaged ride during a Waratahs’ diversion opposite a Crusaders on Friday, while Higginbotham dislocated his shoulder as a Force went down to a Reds.

Wing Ioane, meanwhile, underwent medicine final week for a knee vinculum problem.

The Reds winger returned home from a side’s new two-match debate of South Africa after a opening compare opposite a Cheetahs during Bloemfontein.

As he will be incompetent to sight for some of a credentials time in a lead-up to a opening Test of a Australia 2013 Lions debate during Brisbane on Jun 22, a preference was done to reinstate him among a listed 25, nonetheless he is still fasten a patrol in Sydney currently to continue his rehabilitation.

The preference of Phipps, who represented Australia in 9 Tests final year, boosts to dual a series of scrum-halves in a rough Wallabies squad, fasten Reds scrum-half Will Genia.

“Digby is incompetent to train. His concentration is on removing his knee right, that is because we’ve selected to move him in anyway, so we a medical staff can manage a process,” pronounced Deans.

“His deficiency from training non-stop adult a event to supplement another player. Nick has been personification well, has credentials with us by his knowledge final year and is a actor who was always in a thoughts.

Deans pronounced that Nic White, who had also been personification well, could nonetheless be combined to a organisation among a final 6 players named.

White will play for a Brumbies during this weekend’s Super Rugby compare opposite a Melbourne Rebels in Canberra.

Phipps described a call adult as a “pleasant surprise” revelation he felt he had “left my run too late” after starring in a Rebels dissapoint win over a Stormers, dual days before a rough Wallabies patrol was named.

“I’d been going ok, though felt my opening in that game, after we got on, was a step adult from where I’d been,” pronounced Phipps.

“Possibly I’d been perplexing a bit too hard. I’ve unequivocally enjoyed my time with a Wallabies, generally final year when we got a few starts, and was flattering penetrating to get behind there.”

“I guess, like each other actor in a country, I’m unfortunate to have a moment during a Lions. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, one that a lot of players don’t get.”

Deans concurred that Phipps’ Test background, and his laxity with a European personification character that a British Irish Lions will move by final year’s Tour, had been considerations in his selection.

Australia squad: Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Nick Cummins, Dave Dennis, Saia Faingaa, Israel Folau, Will Genia, Liam Gill, , Michael Hooper, Rob Horne, James Horwill, Sekope Kepu, Christian Lealiifano, Stephen Moore, Ben Mowen, James O’Connor, Wycliff Palu, Benn Robinson, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Joe Tomane, Nick Phipps, Kane Douglas, Ben McCalman.

Article source: http://www.planet-rugby.co.za/lions/story/0,25883,16024_8752415,00.html

Rugby Union: Scott Higginbotham drops out of Wallabies’ prliminary patrol for …

Shoulder damage ... Scott Higginbotham

 

Scott Higginbotham’s chances of personification opposite a British and Irish Lions sojourn misleading after he was forced to dump out of a Wallabies’ rough squad.

Higginbotham dislocated his shoulder in a Melbourne Rebels’ 33-20 detriment to Queensland during Lang Park on Saturday night.

He will have to wait a formula of scans to establish either he will take partial in a Wallabies’ three-Test array opposite a British and Irish Lions starting this month.

Reds winger Digby Ioane (knee) and New South Wales close Sitaleki Timani (thumb) have also forsaken out of a 25-man patrol that will arrange in Sydney on Sunday.

Rebels half-back Nick Phipps, Waratahs close Kane Douglas and Western Force behind rower Ben McCalman have been combined by Wallabies manager Robbie Deans.

Higginbotham left a margin on Saturday night early in a second half though remained carefree he can be privileged to play opposite a Lions, supposing he does not need surgery.

“We’ll see how we go (with a scans) and hopefully it’s not too bad,” he told Grandstand after a detriment to a Reds.

The further of Phipps’ might lift eyebrows, as he was picked forward of in-form Brumbies half-back Nic White.

We’ll see how we go (with a scans) and hopefully it’s not too bad.

Deans had enclosed usually one half-back, Will Genia, when he announced his initial patrol final month, withdrawal a choice open of fixing a fill-in 9 when he adds 6 players to his choice on Jun 11.

He has refused to order out regulating Luke Burgess, who is returning from a French Top 14 to couple adult with a Rebels.

Deans says a inclusion of Phipps shows faithfulness to a 24-year-old, who transposed Genia as a Wallabies’ starting half-back final year when a latter suffered a season-ending knee injury.

“Nick valid final year that he had a qualities to make a disproportion in a Test arena,” Deans pronounced in a statement.

“He was called on during a time of good adversity and responded. His work rate creates a large disproportion to those around him, as does his unrestrained both on and off a field.

“Pleasingly he has taken a advantages of his knowledge from final year behind to a Rebels and combined to them. He has been a indicate of disproportion actor for a organisation this year and one of a leaders within their group.”

Deans says a betterment of Phipps does not meant White is out of row for a Lions series.

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First posted

June 02, 2013 09:53:19

Article source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-02/rugby-union3a-scott-higginbotham-drops-out-of-wallabies27-prl/4727834

Lions Tour: Testing conditions leave players feeling heat

“It was a same for both teams so I’m not regulating this as an excuse, though it was so formidable to run, to catch, to chuck spin passes, to conduct a round in contact,” pronounced Parisse, a Baa-Baas’ captain. “It was only so tough to redeem your breath,” O’Connell confessed. “It seemed your heart rate never went down.”

Yesterday’s contest, argumentative from a outset, was organised for blurb reasons rather than rugby ones: many kinship aficionados insincere a initial Lions debate of Australia in a dozen years would start in… Australia. When a inlet of a continue conditions in this partial of Asia dawned on a participants, there was adequate regard in both a Lions and Barbarians camps to press for unchanging H2O breaks – a initial during this turn of a game.

David Young, a three-time Lions traveller who coached a Baa-Baas, pronounced after a diversion that conditions should be taken into comment in future. “No matter how fit a players are they’re going to feel it in those temperatures and in that humidity,” he said. “It’s positively not good for us fat blokes.”

Young’s conflicting series in a Lions think-tank, Warren Gatland, was as tactful as he could be.

“In each veteran competition there are blurb responsibilities to be met and we’ve all famous that for a prolonged time,” he said. “The advantage of this from a indicate of perspective is that training and personification here is a homogeneous of operative during altitude. we consider it could work in a foster once we strech Australia. It should be good for us.”

Article source: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/international/lions-tour-testing-conditions-leave-players-feeling-heat-8640898.html

Rugby Union: Lions contemplate ‘mind games’ in Cooper omission

Left out ... Quade Cooper

 

British and Irish Lions counterclaim manager Andy Farrell says he is undetermined during Quade Cooper’s repudiation from Australia’s rough patrol and wondered if a Wallabies were personification “mind games’ with their star fly half.

Farrell says a Wallabies might be perplexing to motivate Cooper to quarrel for his place after he was left off a initial patrol of 25 players for a three-Test array opposite a Lions.

“Who knows what’s going on?” Farrell told reporters in Hong Kong, forward of Saturday’s debate opener opposite a Barbarians.

“We don’t know either it’s mind games that they’re personification with Cooper, though he seems to be personification flattering good to me.”

The Wallabies’ preference to disremember Cooper was a vital articulate indicate of their patrol proclamation and left a tourists guessing about either they would be confronting a Reds focus or James O’Connor.

The pierce follows inner ructions after Cooper was fined and dangling final year for criticising manager Robbie Deans and angry of a “toxic” atmosphere within a Wallabies set-up. Their full patrol will be announced on Jun 11.

Cooper and O’Connor will go head-to-head on Saturday night when a Reds horde a Rebels during Lang Park.

“I consider you’ve got dual illusory players,” Farrell said.

“O’Connor? Coming behind from damage though he’s a hazard who can run a game. Quade Cooper? we consider he’s personification some illusory rugby during this impulse in time.

“Whoever starts during 10 (for a Wallabies) will be a threat, there’s no doubt about that.”

Family support

The Lions’ New Zealand-born winger Sean Maitland, who is Cooper’s cousin, says a dual were frequently in touch.

He admits Cooper was dissapoint to be left out.

“He (Cooper) was a small disappointed, though he can do his articulate on a field, that is what he has been doing,” Maitland said.

“He’s been personification overwhelming and I’m certain that for one of those 6 spots still to be filled for a Wallabies he’ll be right in a mix.”

The rugby-mad cousins grew adult together and played for a same youth group in a New Zealand city of Tokoroa from a age of six.

Cooper left for Australia in his teens, since Maitland done his pierce usually final year though shortly won a initial Scotland top after subordinate on birthright grounds.

Maitland says he is vacant to have turn a Lion so shortly after.

“It’s been a crazy 6 or 7 months,” Maitland said.

“Who’d have suspicion when we left New Zealand I’d be representing a British and Irish Lions?”

AFP

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First posted

June 01, 2013 11:23:33

Article source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-01/rugby-union3a-lions-ponder-27mind-games27-in-cooper-omission/4727324

Lions contemplate ‘mind games’ in Cooper omission

Left out ... Quade Cooper

 

British and Irish Lions counterclaim manager Andy Farrell says he is undetermined during Quade Cooper’s repudiation from Australia’s rough patrol and wondered if a Wallabies were personification “mind games’ with their star fly half.

Farrell says a Wallabies might be perplexing to motivate Cooper to quarrel for his place after he was left off a initial patrol of 25 players for a three-Test array opposite a Lions.

“Who knows what’s going on?” Farrell told reporters in Hong Kong, forward of Saturday’s debate opener opposite a Barbarians.

“We don’t know either it’s mind games that they’re personification with Cooper, though he seems to be personification flattering good to me.”

The Wallabies’ preference to disremember Cooper was a vital articulate indicate of their patrol proclamation and left a tourists guessing about either they would be confronting a Reds focus or James O’Connor.

The pierce follows inner ructions after Cooper was fined and dangling final year for criticising manager Robbie Deans and angry of a “toxic” atmosphere within a Wallabies set-up. Their full patrol will be announced on Jun 11.

Cooper and O’Connor will go head-to-head on Saturday night when a Reds horde a Rebels during Lang Park.

“I consider you’ve got dual illusory players,” Farrell said.

“O’Connor? Coming behind from damage though he’s a hazard who can run a game. Quade Cooper? we consider he’s personification some illusory rugby during this impulse in time.

“Whoever starts during 10 (for a Wallabies) will be a threat, there’s no doubt about that.”

Family support

The Lions’ New Zealand-born winger Sean Maitland, who is Cooper’s cousin, says a dual were frequently in touch.

He admits Cooper was dissapoint to be left out.

“He (Cooper) was a small disappointed, though he can do his articulate on a field, that is what he has been doing,” Maitland said.

“He’s been personification overwhelming and I’m certain that for one of those 6 spots still to be filled for a Wallabies he’ll be right in a mix.”

The rugby-mad cousins grew adult together and played for a same youth group in a New Zealand city of Tokoroa from a age of six.

Cooper left for Australia in his teens, since Maitland done his pierce usually final year though shortly won a initial Scotland top after subordinate on birthright grounds.

Maitland says he is vacant to have turn a Lion so shortly after.

“It’s been a crazy 6 or 7 months,” Maitland said.

“Who’d have suspicion when we left New Zealand I’d be representing a British and Irish Lions?”

AFP

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First posted

June 01, 2013 11:23:33

Article source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-01/rugby-union3a-lions-ponder-27mind-games27-in-cooper-omission/4727324?section=sport

Rugby union: Lions to fight feverishness in Hong Kong game

 

HONG KONG (AP) – The British and Irish Lions rugby kinship diversion opposite a Barbarians in Hong Kong on Saturday will embody dual H2O breaks per half overdue to a prevalent feverishness and humidity.

The opening confront of a 2013 debate to Australia will be played in foresee temperatures of 33 deg C with steam levels reaching 90 per cent notwithstanding starting during 7.30pm internal time.

There will breaks during a 15- and 30-minute symbol of both halves for rehydration and focus of ice packs.

Soon after nearing in Hong Kong progressing in a week, conflict manager Rob Howley had brushed aside calls for H2O breaks in any half, observant “we wish to be put underneath highlight and see how we cope with it”.

 

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