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    Australia's Kurtley Beale targets return against New Zealand next month as he continues recovery from injury

    Wallabies back Kurtley Beale is hoping to play some part in next month's back-to-back tests against New Zealand at the start of the Rugby Championship even if he is still on the comeback trail after injury.Beale made his first public appearance on home soil on Monday since returning from a season-long spell at English club Wasps, where he suffered a hamstring injury in the Premiership semi-finals.The 28-year-old last played for his country against the All Blacks in the 2015 World Cup final - a knee injury prevented him from playing any tests last year - and is keen to get ...

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    The toughest part of the tour was leaving this little one... Lions captain Sam Warburton posts heart-warming picture with his daughter Anna

    The formidable task of leading the Lions against rugby's No 1 side was nothing in comparison to leaving his young daughter at home, according to Sam Warburton. Warren Gatland's skipper performed admirably in the drawn tour of New Zealand and upon returning home posted a touching picture with his one-year-old, Anna.Kitted out in the Lions regalia and branded bag, he held up Anna for the photo and wrote: 'Toughest part of the whole tour was leaving this little one. Glad I got my little girl back.' [media_photo id="863987" height="637" width="634" alt="Lions captain Sam Warburton delighted in his reunion with his ...

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    Exeter announce coaching reshuffle as Rob Baxter becomes director of rugby

    Exeter have announced a coaching reshuffle after Rob Baxter signed a new deal to become the Chiefs' director of rugby.The 46-year-old had previously held the role of head coach at the Aviva Premiership side but will now occupy a new position at the club, penning a three-year deal.Ali Hepher, who also signed on for another three years, will now fulfil the head coach role while fellow coaches Rob Hunter and Ricky Pellow will remain having both agreed new contracts. Exeter have announced a ...

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    The British and Irish Lions are home after six weeks away: Warren Gatland's side land back in London after historic drawn Test series against New Zealand

    After six gruelling weeks away on the other side of the world, the British and Irish Lions are finally back home. Warren Gatland's side were looking to make history by winning a tour of New Zealand since 1971. While they didn't quite manage that, they came as close as possible without doing so after drawing the final game in Auckland with the series tied at 1-1. The Lions, led by captain Sam Warburton (C) arrived back home in London on Wednesday ...

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    Adam Jones believes Lions have built bridges with New Zealand public to atone for disastrous 2005 tour

    Adam Jones insists the British and Irish Lions have re-established themselves in the hearts and minds of the New Zealand public to atone for the disastrous tour of 2005.Warren Gatland's men drew their series against the All Blacks 1-1 after a thrilling decider in Auckland on Saturday ended in a 15-15 stalemate, bringing the toughest touring schedule of the professional era to a close.It was a far cry from the last visit to New Zealand 12 years ago when the Lions were overwhelmed 3-0 in the Tests and made few friends among Kiwis. [media_photo id="857163" height="413" width="634" alt="The Lions will ...

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    British and Irish Lions vs New Zealand: The best pictures of a historic and brutal five-week tour that ended with a drawn Test series with the All Blacks

    After four years on anticipation and build up, another Lions tour has come to an end. Warren Gatland's side headed to New Zealand to take on the three-time world champions with fans hoping for a miracle, but many expecting another All Black whitewash.And after tasting defeat in two of their first four matches on tour, the mountainous task of toppling New Zealand looked even more insurmountable.But at the end of a gruelling five-week tour that included 10 matches, five victories, three defeats and two draws, the Test series was shared. Here, Sportsmail details the best of another pulsating and historic ...

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    Barbarians open to the idea of staging unofficial fourth 'Lions' Test against the All Blacks at Twickenham

    The Barbarians intend talking to the home unions over the possibility of releasing players for their fixture against New Zealand on November 4.It has been suggested that the match at Twickenham could become an unofficial fourth Test to the British and Irish Lions tour, which concluded on Saturday with the series against the All Blacks drawn 1-1.Lions head coach Warren Gatland has given his approval to the idea, stating in the aftermath of the 15-15 stalemate at Eden Park, 'That would be good, wouldn't it?'. [media_photo id="852354" height="365" width="634" alt="The Barbarians intend to speak to the home unions about releasing ...

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    British and Irish Lions heroes celebrate incredible All Blacks series finale with heavy night at team hotel

    Following the conclusion of a long and arduous tour of New Zealand, the British and Irish Lions finally had the chance to unwind with a boozy session at their team hotel.Their historic 15-15 tie against the world's greatest rugby team brought an end to five weeks of intense rugby in New Zealand as far as rugby goes, but for the likes of Liam Williams and Rory Best, perhaps the real tour has only just begun.James Haskell shared some of the more timid aspects of the evening on his social media account, uploading a picture of the team making good use ...

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    Lions should be proud of their tour result... hopefully Scotland will be invited to the party next time

    What a weird ending that was. When the the final whistle blew, I didn t know whether to be happy or sad and neither did the other 48,000 fans in the stadium.It was a surreal moment amid almost complete silence as we computed that the match and, hence, the series had ended in a draw. Would there be extra-time? A cumulative score over the three games? Would it be decided on tries scored? Surely we hadn t travelled 12,000 miles to play a Test series and there wasn t going to be a winner? [media_photo id="850984" height="422" width="634" alt="Despite the ...

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    British and Irish Lions leave their mark on New Zealand as Warren Gatland's side earn the respect of the All Blacks

    Mission accomplished. That was the over-riding sentiment at Lions HQ - despite the anti-climactic series stalemate - as players, coaches and staff started coming to terms with the magnitude of their feat.Dismissed as no-hopers, they were nothing of the sort. The British and Irish tourists arrived in New Zealand at the end of another grueling season, hurriedly transformed themselves into a united force, fronted up to the two-time world champions and finished on terms.Saturday's cliff-hanger climax at Eden Park may have left all concerned feeling somewhat unfulfilled, but there was soon a clear mood shift in the visiting squad. [media_photo ...

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    Lions frustrate the All Blacks to claim historic series draw in New Zealand... Sportsmail rates every member of the heroic touring squad

    The British and Irish Lions upset the odds to claim a historic draw against the All Blacks after holding out for a 15-15 result in the series decider in Auckland.After comprehensively losing the opening Test, Warren Gatland's side bounced back to win in Wellington before managing to frustrate the world champions in their second meeting at Eden Park on Saturday.Here, Sportsmail expert Chris Foy assesses each member of the Lions squad and their contribution to the tour... The British and ...

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    Lions coach Warren Gatland already planning a third tour in charge with South Africa series to come in 2021

    Warren Gatland has left the door open to coaching the British and Irish Lions for a third consecutive tour in 2021.The Kiwi has fronted campaigns in Australia and New Zealand and could now complete the set with a series in South Africa. After Saturday s draw at Eden Park, Gatland admitted he would fancy his chances against the Springboks. If that opportunity came again it would be something you would consider, said Gatland, who now returns to coaching Wales. [media_photo id="850756" height="437" width="634" alt="Warren Gatland has left the door open to coaching the British and Irish Lions for a third ...

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    Lions Tour 2017: The good, the bad and the ugly... Sportsmail picks its highs and lows from an extraordinary series

    The Lions' tour of New Zealand is one which will go down in history, not least for its almost unprecedented conclusion.The series ended in a 1-1 draw after the third Test was drawn, meaning the All Blacks and the men from Britain and Ireland must share the trophy.Here, Sportsmail picks some of the best, worst, and most memorable moments from a tour which will be remembered for a very long time... The Lions' tour of New Zealand ...

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    Lions can be proud of noble draw against the All Blacks... though Sam Warburton admits I was expecting to go again', this result is a win-win

    The first Sam Warburton knew about it was when All Blacks players started striding towards him with their hands outstretched. I was expecting to go again, said the captain of the British and Irish Lions. I didn t realise it was a drawn series. I was ready for another 10 minutes each way, so I was planning on drinking as many electrolytes as I could, because I was cramping up. The next thing people were coming up to me to shake hands and I was like: "Oh, it s a draw". In the moment, the mood at Eden Park did ...

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    Memo to Home Nations: New Zealand can be toppled... All Blacks are not the force of old and can be beaten in Japan

    It is a toss-up which hemisphere learned the most from this compelling and entertaining series and, in truth, we won't know for sure until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.There is no doubt the Lions struck a blow for British and Irish rugby union and the northern hemisphere, and will have seen the way forward in how to beat the All Blacks on a more regular basis.But the past two weeks will have also been a reality check for New Zealand. In the short term there is not the slightest doubt who will be more pleased. [media_photo id="850691" height="567" ...

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