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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Lions

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Shot InThe Arm
Connacht boost URC knockout hopes with impressive bonus-point win
Jack Carty became Connacht’s all-time top points scorer in their victory over the Lions.
This month
January 2023
# Home and Away
South African sides to play in Europe if they earn 'home' Champions Cup semis
The Sharks have won three from three so far, while the Bulls and Stormers have impressed too.
Last year
2022
# Lions
Lions could face combined Australia-New Zealand team as part of 2025 tour
Discussions are under way to add a fourth Test against an Anzac XV, according to Rugby Australia chief Hamish McLennan.
# mcfarland in a far land
'Sometimes the altitude element is over-hyped, but the heat is very different for us'
A delighted Dan McFarland reacts to his side’s thrilling URC win against the Lions in South Africa.
# Selection
Gatland on Lions call over Sexton - 'I still probably ask myself now whether it was the right decision '
Sexton is one of nine Ireland players named in Gatland’s hypothetical 2022 Lions side.
# Skin In the Game
‘These South African teams are not yet the polished sides of the past’
Bobby Skinstad believes the best is still to come from South Africa’s URC franchises.
All time
# moments in time
'48 metres out, just off-centre of the posts, the pressure of four nations on his shoulders'
Read an extract from ‘Legacy of the Lions’.
# What could have been
'I don't think I've quite forgiven them for what they stole from me'
In April 1987, an IRA car bomb killed two people and ended the career of Ulster flanker Nigel Carr, who was driving to Ireland training with two team-mates.
# Murray
'The hardest thing is to stay at the top and that’s what Conor has done'
Conor Murray starts against Argentina tomorrow as he wins his 91st cap.
# frustrations
'It's always been in my head that I wasn't good enough' - Beirne
The Ireland international wasn’t happy with how the Lions tour worked out for him.
# Rising Star
'Rugby was a fairytale but not a reality... I was blessed to break that barrier'
23-year-old Vincent Tshituka of the Lions is seen as a possible Springbok back row.
# luckless
'Addison is probably unparalleled in Irish rugby in terms of that ability'
The Ulster fullback’s misfortune was discussed on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# luckless
Ulster win again but Will Addison carried off on a stretcher with serious-looking injury
Ulster defeated the Lions with a bonus-point win at Kingspan Stadium tonight.
# Preview
Ulster out to maintain perfect start as Lions present first real test of the season
Ulster will welcome the first of the new South African teams to Belfast tonight.
# NFL
Tucker's monster kick makes history as Ravens down Lions
.Tucker’s monstrous 66-yard effort arrived with three seconds remaining.
# Tour Review
Iain Henderson criticises Lions tactics and claims team was not selected on form
Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions were beaten 2-1 by world champions South Africa this summer.
# Boss
Ireland boss Farrell likely to be among contenders to lead next Lions tour
Warren Gatland has been part of the last four tours but could stay on.
# outstanding
Itoje named Lions' player of the series after impressing against Boks
The 26-year-old is almost certain to be a key man again in 2025.
# awj
Losing the Lions would be 'a travesty,' says four-time tourist Jones
The Welshman believes the touring team is a special part of rugby.
# STANDOUT
Henshaw shows he is among game's elite with outstanding Test series
The Leinster and Ireland centre did his best to drag the Lions back in front last night.
# Tourists
'It's something we need to preserve' - Gatland believes Lions need more prep time
The head coach is uncertain whether midweek games should return before and after the first Test.
# bokke
Lots of Lions regrets but Boks deserving winners of strange series
A tense and dramatic finale in Cape Town saw the 2021 tour end on a high.
# Lion Man
'I’ve loved my time with the Lions... I haven't got any long-term plans'
Warren Gatland is uncertain whether he will be involved again in four years’ time.
# last gasp
History repeats itself as 37-year-old Steyn kicks Boks to victory over the Lions
The replacement out-half slotted two late penalties to win it for the Boks.
# Decider
Gatland's Lions have shot at emulating 1997 crew in final Boks Test
The South Africans finished the second Test with huge momentum.
# style
'If the Lions want to play touch rugby that would be nice for us'
The Springboks’ contestable kick-heavy tactics have been hugely successful for them.
# Attack
'He can ask different questions than any fly-half in the world'
Lions attack coach Gregor Townsend knows the tourists need to create more tomorrow.
# William Hill
Time to press the Bundee button: Talking points ahead of the final Lions Test
With the sides tied at one win apiece, the series will be decided in Cape Town on Saturday.
# On the box
Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport
Get ready…
# awj
'We don't want to stifle ourselves too much relying on the kicking game'
Alun Wyn Jones is looking forward to seeing Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw playing together.
# The Boss
'From a South African fan point of view, Rassie can do no wrong'
The Springboks director of rugby was discussed on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly.
# anchor
Furlong's 'unbelievable' work has had a big influence on Lions pack
The Wexford man teams up with Ken Owens and Wyn Jones in the front row this weekend.
# Key Man
Injury to tactical chief De Klerk is a huge blow for the Springboks
The South Africans have also lost the superb Pieter-Steph du Toit.
# Test Lion
'I've had the best time of my life being part of this group, it's special'
Bundee Aki has earned his chance to become a Test Lion this weekend.
# combination
Lions look for Bundee's physicality and more in midfield with Henshaw
Head coach Warren Gatland has explained his selection decisions for the third Test.
# TMO
'I spoke to Joe Schmidt' - Gatland unhappy at World Rugby dragging the Lions in
The Lions boss says they tried to have the TMO changed before the first Test.
# Changes
Big blows for Springboks as De Klerk and Du Toit ruled out of Lions decider
Cobus Reinach and Lood de Jager have been called into the starting XV.
# Team news
Bundee Aki starts for the Lions as Gatland makes six changes for final Test
Ali Price, Liam Williams, Josh Adams, Ken Owens, and Wyn Jones all start too.
# Hearing
Rassie's misconduct charge should mean a friendlier third Test build-up
World Rugby has taken action against the SA Rugby director of rugby for his 62-minute long video.
# acquired taste
Boks not boring, insists coach, after second Lions Test sent All Blacks boss Foster 'to sleep'
‘It has become a very tight, almost risk-free type of series,’ said New Zealand head coach Ian Foster. ‘Teams are almost afraid to play…’