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Ireland take narrow win over USA in front of record crowd in Houston

I believe it was 2nd-tier team from Ireland, but nevertheless huge improvement from team USA.

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Gavin Hastings picks his British & Irish Lions starting XV for 2013

Of course it's too early to make final calls, but I think Lions tour is way too much for players who don't have experience on really big test matches. Wade is good but hasn't played for England other than 7's and Visser has 2 caps and on the other hand Australia has a very solid and experienced back line. National team is where you earn your spurs and then go to Lions, not the other way around.

On the forward section, we're talking about the Wallabies, not Springboks. So I'd have a mobile pack that can disrupt half-backs, rather than big and heavy. We all saw how that worked in WC pool stage between AUS and IRE. So Healey definitely, I'd also go with Warburton.

Things that Lions must be able to counter if they want to win: don't let Genia get quick ball from rucks and DON'T let him break through the line from rucks. Also Ioane needs to be watched, who's up to it?

5 Years, 6 Months ago

Vincent Clerc late hit results in Julien Saubade injured for rest of season

Clearly a late hit. If he had wrapped his arms around it might have been in the gray area of rules. But a late and illegal tackle... that's deliberate.

5 Years, 6 Months ago