Lions 2013 Squad

Full Squad:
Fullbacks: Leigh Halfpenny (Wales, Cardiff Blues), Stuart Hogg (Scotland, Glasgow Warriors), Rob Kearney (Ireland, Leinster)

Wings: Tommy Bowe (Ireland, Ulster), Alex Cuthbert (Wales, Cardiff Blues), Sean Maitland (Scotland, Glasgow Warriors), George North (Wales, Scarlets)

Centres: Jonathan Davies (Wales, Scarlets), Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland, Leinster), Jamie Roberts (Wales, Cardiff Blues), Manusamoa Tuilagi (England, Leicester Tigers)

Outside halves: Owen Farrell (England, Saracens), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland, Leinster)

Scrum halves: Conor Murray (Ireland, Munster), Mike Phillips (Wales, Bayonne), Ben Youngs (England, Leicester Tigers)

Props: Dan Cole (England, Leicester Tigers), Cian Healy (Ireland, Leinster), Gethin Jenkins (Wales, Toulon), Adam Jones (Wales, Ospreys), Matt Stevens (England, Saracens), Mako Vunipola (England, Saracens)

Hookers: Dylan Hartley (England, Northampton Saints), Richard Hibbard (Wales, Ospreys), Tom Youngs (England, Leicester Tigers)

Second rows: Ian Evans (Wales, Ospreys), Richie Gray (Scotland, Sale Sharks), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales, Ospreys), Paul O’Connell (Ireland, Munster), Geoff Parling (England, Leicester Tigers)

Back rows: Tom Croft (England, Leicester Tigers), Toby Faletau (Wales, Newport Gwent Dragons), Jamie Heaslip (Ireland, Leinster), Dan Lydiate (Wales, Newport Gwent Dragons), Sean O’Brien (Ireland, Leinster), Justin Tipuric (Wales, Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Wales, Cardiff Blues)

Super 15 – Round One

(Ding, ding! ) By Louis D’Aubrey

The first week of Super Rugby is done and dusted. Understandably there were some scrappy games after the break, but some great games as well. I was unfortunate not to be able to have seen all the games, financial year ends and stocktaking not my idea of spending a weekend when there is some rugga on TV. I did get to watch some games at least, and will comment on those games, and give the scores.
Every game with the exception of the Stormers vs. Hurricanes had a winning margin of less than seven, just showing again how competitive it is out here. The very first game was the Crusaders against the Blues, I really wish I could have watched this game, the few highlights I managed to get showed a game that was well played and had the Crusaders win with one point!

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Get ready for the Super 15!

By: Louis D’Aubrey

Super 15 gets underway this weekend!

Super rugby, 15 teams, three countries, each game as intense as a test match, pride, guts, glory, defeat, and tears; yes it is that time again. Super rugby season 2012 kicks off in less than a week, and I am honoured to have been asked to cover this competition for The Rugby Diary. I would like to use my first article to say thank you to Tori for this great opportunity, and to introduce myself and the teams who take part on the field of battle.

I am a huge rugby fan, the articles that I will be placing will be as unbiased as can be, and will be my opinion and views, you do not have to agree with me, but that will neither make me wrong or you right. I am a huge Sharks fan, but as far as I can help it, will not report with one eye.
The competition has 15 contenders, too many in my view, but then I don’t get paid the big bucks that SANZAR officials get paid. The competition in the professional era has evolved from 12 teams, to 14 and now 15. The format works a little differently these days than the traditional round robin type of format. There are 3 conferences, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia. Without going into gory detail on how the format works, the teams compete to be in the top 6 of the overall log. I will explain the full format in another posting. It would be great if you folks in the northern hemisphere adopts a Super 15 team, I won’t try and influence your decision in this quick breakdown.

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