LIONS: Against the odds, the roar goes on

So the Lions are back in New Zealand… …and tomorrow marks the opening match of the tour: the one time every four years I’m happy to get up early on a Saturday morning. But as Sam Warburton received the traditional Maori greeting at Auckland airport earlier this week, a thought occurred: how lucky we are…

SIX NATIONS: Dawn of New England?

And so after a Six Nations that raised more questions than answers about European international rugby, England were crowned Grand Slam winners…and deservedly so. Andrew Mayes celebrates a long overdue first place for the Red Rose but questions whether this is the start of a successful ‘New England’. So it’s finally happened. After a litany…