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What Would A Southern Hemisphere Lions Team Look Like?



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The British and Irish Lions take over a month of the summer every four years for many rugby fans, and that doesn’t take into consideration the months of speculation over squads, starting XVs, coaches, and everything else possible. But what if the shoe was on the other foot? What if there was a representative side for the Southern Hemisphere that toured Britain and Ireland every four years?

For the purposes of this exercise, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and the Pacific Islands are included. For the sake of debate, it is not just an All Black XV


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The big ginger Bok has overtaken the Beast for the South African loosehead jersey. A great ball-carrier, and hard worker, he is a weapon at scrum time.

Hooker: Dane Coles

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A tight contest here with Malcolm Marx, but the South African’s set-piece difficulties see him take a bench spot. He was out of the game a while, but is hitting his pre-injury form again.

Tighthead: Owen Franks.

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The All Black wont score many tries, but he won’t let you down at scrum time, and his work rate in the loose sees him take this spot ahead of Sekope Kepu, or their South African counterparts.

Lock: Brodie Retallick

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A former world player of the year, his all round game is second to none. Astounding work rate and a quality lineout operator sees him get in ahead of Eben Etzebeth

Lock: Leone Nakarawa

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The Flying Fijian is astonishingly athletic for a second row. One of, if not the only lock in world rugby equally at home on the Sevens circuit. One of the best at offloading in the tackle in the game.

Blindside: Michael Hooper

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Normally on the other side of the scrum, he takes the 6 jersey in a new take on the Pocock-Hooper axis that dominated RWC 2015

Openside: David Pocock

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To many, he is the best in the world. After taking a year out, he is back with the Brumbies and Wallabies and doing what he does best.

Number 8: Ardie Savea

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Kieran Read may be one of the most skilful forwards ever to play the game, but he is getting older, and struggling for form. Ardie Savea on the other hand, has finally seemed to have cracked international rugby, transferring his dominant form for the Hurricanes to the world stage

Scrum-half: Aaron Smith

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The only half-back duo in the world that rivals Murray and Sexton. Tight call between him and TJ, but form dictates the winner.

Out-half: Beauden Barrett

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Maybe a better option at full-back after the emergence of Richie Mo’unga, but for this team you want all your best players on the field

Wing: Rieko Ioane

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He’s the best winger in the world and that’s just that.

Inside Centre: Sonny Bill Williams

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Prone to the odd brain fade, but he is a classy operator, rock solid defensively with a great offloading game to compliment his centre partner. SBW seems to be hitting a run of good form at exactly the right time for the All Blacks

Outside Centre: Tim Nanai-Williams

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Sonny’s cousin, the Samoan is one of the most talented backs in the world, equally adept anywhere from 10-15. Running onto Sonny Bill’s offloads, Tim would do serious damage

Wing: Istrael Folau

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Regardless of his personal views, Folau is one of the most complete athletes not just in rugby but in the world. An absolutely ridiculous aerial leap, wicked step, and searing pace; when he’s on, he is unplayable.

Full-Back: Damian McKenzie

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There is quite simply nobody more exciting than the Chiefs’ little dynamo. You just never know what could happen when DMac sees a gap.


16. Malcolm Marx

17. Joe Moody

18. Sekope Kepu

19. Eben Etzebeth

20. Sam Cane

21. TJ Perenara

22. Jack Goodhue

23. Cheslin Kolbe

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Huge Suspension Handed to Tongan Star

One of Tonga’s main men has been handed a big suspension as he heads back to play club rugby following the team’s elimination from the World Cup



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Tongan hooker has been handed a heavy ban after admitting to foul play during the side’s final Rugby World Cup game against the USA on Sunday.

Ngauamo admitted that he kicked an opposition player in the face contrary to Law 9.12 (kicking) during the Sunday’s 31-19 win. 

An independent Judicial Committee in Tokyo sat on Tuesday and after taking into account the situation at hand in which the Tongan player clearly kicked an opponent in the face they decided it would warrant at least a mid-range offence. 

Under World Rugby’s mandatory sanctions a mid-range entry point results in a minimum eight-week suspension, which was handed down to Ngauamo. 

However, after taking into account the player’s admission to the offence at an early stage in proceedings as well as his good disciplinary record up to the offence they chose to take a week off the ban meaning he will serve a seven-week suspension. 

The player is returning to his home country today before jetting back to France where he will return to Top 14 club Agen, but will now be out of selection for seven-weeks meaning he will not feature until around December in what is a huge blow for him and the club.

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Scottish Ace Considering International Future

Following Scotland’s departure from the Rugby World Cup it now looks like one of their key men may have finally had enough



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Scotland star Greig Laidlaw has admitted that he will consider his international future following his side’s exit from the Rugby World Cup.

The Scots were knocked out yesterday following a 28-21 loss to hosts Japan, which coupled with their opening round 27-3 loss to Ireland to leave them with two wins and two losses in the group as they finished third. 

It seems as though this set back could have been enough to push Laidlaw out the door as Scotland continue to falter on the biggest stages. 

“I’ll go away and have a think. Tonight it’s about staying together as a group. Tonight is not about me. I’ll go away and talk to the people I need to talk to and make my decision from there,” he said after the game. 

Having been capped 76 times for his country the 34-year-old is one of their longest serving players and is a regular starter along with being their main place-kicker so his departure would leave a huge void in the team. 

He also admitted that Japan were the better team on the day, applauding their improvement since the last World Cup and saying they were fully deserving of their victory. 

“We knew Japan have really improved as a team since four years ago. We have to give them credit for the way they have progressed and the way we have performed this evening. We gave away two soft tries and we left ourselves with a mountain to climb. They didn’t catch us off guard, we actually started the game pretty well. We got into a lead, we never switched off, but we let Japan into the game,” he added. 

Before the match was even played Japan were ranked higher than their opponents showing how far they have developed and how far Scotland are falling. 

However, following this latest set back and pending on Laidlaw’s decision things could get worse before they start to get better as he could open the flood gates with regards to player departures from the international stage as they seem pretty fed up.

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SA Rugby Issue Statement on Etzebeth

South African Rugby Union have issued a statement regarding star man Eben Etzebeth’s current situation



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South African Rugby Union have issued a statement with regard to forward Eben Etzebeth after reports yesterday claimed that the South African Human Rights Commission plan to take legal action against him.

Etzebeth is at the centre of an allegation claiming that he was involved of in a racist incident as well as it having physical repercussions. The incident is said to have taken place the day before the Springboks Rugby World Cup squad was announced. 

However, the towering second-row has already denied all allegations having been interviewed by the Human Rights Commission before the squad left for Japan. 

Following reports yesterday the Springboks have confirmed in a statement that the Human Rights Commission will proceed with legal action. 

“The South African Human Rights Commission announced on Wednesday that it would institute legal proceedings against Eben Etzebeth in the Equality Court, relating to allegations of an incident in Langebaan in August,” the statement read. 

As well as the statement a Springbok spokesperson has confirmed that they will continue to help with the case as much as possible as they look to come to a conclusion sooner rather than later. 

“SA Rugby reaffirms its commitment as a good corporate citizen to abide by any requirements placed on it or its employees by South African authorities. We have fulfilled all requests to date and will continue to do so as and when advised. Following our discussions with the South African Human Rights Commission we have instituted an internal process to address the matter, the details of which remain an employment matter between SA Rugby and the player,” he said. 

Etzebeth will hope that the case will not require him to return to South Africa before the conclusion of the World Cup in Japan as he is a vital part of the Springboks team that hope to win the whole tournament. 

However, whatever happens his sights will be firmly set on Friday’s clash with Italy, where he has been named among the starting line-up in what could decide who finished second in Pool B and progress to the last eight.

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