Marcus Smith: British and Irish Lions angered by ‘offensive’ slur on Irish Independent podcast

Smith was part of the Harlequins side that won the Premiership title earlier this year The British and Irish Lions and Harlequins have both criticised former Ireland international Neil Francis’ “offensive” description of fly-half Marcus Smith. Francis, 57, made a comment about Smith’s skin colour in an episode of the Irish Independent’s Left Wing podcast, […]

Dan Biggar: Grieving British and Irish Lions fly-half eyes Test start in South Africa

Venue: Cape Town Stadium Date: Saturday, 24 July Kick-off: 17:00 BST Coverage: Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Dan Biggar’s earliest memories of watching the British and Irish Lions are still vivid. Saturday mornings spent at home with his mother Liz, eating breakfast as Brian O’Driscoll and Co ran Australia […]

British and Irish Lions: Warren Gatland expects ‘robust’ selection debate for first Test

Tadhg Beirne performed well against the Stormers, but will he be picked for the first Test against South Africa? British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says he expects a lively discussion about selection for the first Test with South Africa. Gatland says he thinks the toughest decisions will be made in “the back […]

British and Irish Lions 2021: Matt Dawson says team ‘have to look at themselves’ after defeat

The British and Irish Lions suffered a bruising 17-13 defeat to South Africa A on Wednesday Date: Saturday, 17 July Kick-off: 17:00 BST Venue: Cape Town Stadium Coverage: Live text commentary via the BBC Sport website and app Former British and Irish Lion Matt Dawson says the team “have to look at themselves” after their […]