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All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick hints at retirement after Rugby World Cup 2023

Veteran All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has implied he may resign from worldwide rugby after the 2023 World Cup in France. Retallick, who is at present on a playing vacation with Japan Top League club Kobelco Steelers club. Disclosed to The XV site that he may leave the All Blacks in the wake of playing in his third worldwide competition.

The 29-year-old, who has played 81 tests since his introduction against Ireland in Auckland in 2012. This is required to get back to New Zealand in May to reignite an All Blacks profession that has been on ice since the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Rugby fans can book Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

Following that competition, Retallick was contracted to Kobelco. An arrangement endorsed by NZ Rugby to guarantee the transcending second-rower stayed faithful to the All Blacks through to the 2023 World Cup. Skirting two successive Super Rugby seasons with the Chiefs hasn’t just permitted Retallick to acquire a huge pay in Japan.

Rugby World Cup Tickets - Veteran All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has implied he may resign from worldwide rugby after the 2023 World Cup in France
All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has implied he may resign from worldwide rugby after the 2023 World Cup in France

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It has additionally empowered him to invigorate truly and intellectually. He expressed he may get back to Asia later in his profession once his days in the All Blacks are finished. Rugby fans can book New Zealand Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

“I’m anticipating, if all goes to design, returning to the All Blacks and playing two seasons for the Chiefs,” Retallick, who was brought up in Canterbury yet at first made his imprint with the Chiefs when Dave Rennie was mentor, revealed to The XV.

Everything being equal, they’ll likely be the last couple in New Zealand. Before I choose what I’ll do straight away. Regardless of whether that is hanging up the boots or perhaps returning to Japan. Rugby fans can book France Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

“I have a harsh thought in my mind on how I plan on doing the last third of my profession, or anything you desire to call it. Regardless of whether that goes to plan or whether I have a difference at the top of the priority list, I don’t know. Yet, I have a family and a spouse and children and stuff, so you need to consider these things.”

Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets - Not all things have gone to anticipate Retallick since NZ Rugby consented to allow him to give the All Blacks a turn for all of 2020
Not all things have gone to anticipate Retallick since NZ Rugby consented to allow him to give the All Blacks a turn for all of 2020

Not all things have gone to anticipate Retallick since NZ Rugby consented to allow him to give the All Blacks a turn for all of 2020. With Covid-19 constraining the Top League to be closed down after only 6 adjusts a year ago. Also, the opposition for 2021 has been postponed on account of the pandemic.

New Zealand Rugby:

Although there is hopefulness it will begin not long from now. Retallick’s choice to play in Japan has additionally changed the essence of Super Rugby perpetually in New Zealand. In the past, NZ Rugby had valued the way that anybody needing to address the All Blacks must play in New Zealand.

Presently the scene has changed altogether. A year ago Sam Whitelock gave up the Crusaders captaincy to play in Japan. Before getting back to arrange for the group in Super Rugby Aotearoa after the Top League was covered. However, if the Japanese class had not been canned, Whitelock would not have played for the Crusaders.

This means his determination for the public side would have followed a period out of the country. All Blacks Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara are right now in Japan. Having chosen not to play for the Hurricanes. They will return around May and are probably going to be picked by All Blacks mentor Ian Foster for the season ahead.

Retallick was the World Player of The Year in 2014 and won a World Cup decoration with the All Blacks in Britain the next year.

France Rugby World Cup Tickets - The lock has likewise played 107 games for the Chiefs
The lock has likewise played 107 games for the Chiefs

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The lock has likewise played 107 games for the Chiefs. He said the Japan holiday has conceivably assisted him with drawing out his profession. After the mileage of playing Super Rugby and tests had negatively affected his body.

“At the point when I showed up at the Chiefs, and from that point, making the All Blacks, those initial five or six years were quite all out – I played a great deal of rugby,” Retallick revealed to The XV.

“I’d at times joke with individuals, they’d say to me, ‘Gracious, you’re not excessively old’ and I’d say. ‘Truly, but rather I’ve played a great deal of rugby.

“Thinking back in the course of the last a few years. I don’t know whether such wounds that began to get up to speed with me were a cost of playing a ton of rugby in those early years or not, I don’t know. Yet, coming to Japan was unquestionably a consequence of how much rugby I played in those initial five or six years.”

Retallick revealed to The XV he wasn’t excited about playing in the northern half of the globe after the 2023 World Cup.

“I’ve never actually really thought to be the Northern Hemisphere,” he said.

“It was either stay in New Zealand or come to Japan. Clearly, you never say never, yet we’ve altogether made the most within recent memory in Japan. The Kobelco Steelers have been great to us with all their help and stuff. So truly, I’m not going to say no, yet I’m not likely hoping to go there at all true.”

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Hong Kong wants to stage the judo event to address Olympic qualification concerns

The Hong Kong Judo Association (HKJA) is hoping to hold an event that will count towards Olympic qualification after raising concerns over the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on its athletes’ chances of securing a place at Tokyo 2020. Olympic Judo fans can book Olympic Judo Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively at reduced prices.

HKJA chairman Wong Po-kee told the South China Morning Post the organization is planning to stage a competition in February or March using a “safety bubble”, pending Government approval.

The bubble, part of the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) COVID-19 protocol, would grant international athletes traveling for the event an exemption against two-week quarantine measures in place in the country.

Hong Kong wants to stage the judo event to address Olympic qualification concerns
Hong Kong wants to stage the judo event to address Olympic qualification concerns

“The biggest problem remains is that if we invite overseas competitors to Hong Kong, they will face minimum two-week quarantine under the current health practice,” said Wong. 

“If we cannot lift that quarantine requirement, I am sure we cannot have an international tournament.

“If the Government can accept this safety feature and lift the quarantine requirement for overseas arrivals, we may be able to work out a fruitful plan.”

Travel restrictions imposed across the world in response to the pandemic have led to increasing concern in numerous sports over how athletes can qualify for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Wong said it would be difficult for Hong Kong judoka to compete in the tournaments which count towards the IJF rankings, used to determine Olympic quota places, as most are set to take place in Europe.

Leung Po-sum, ninth in the women’s under-57 kilogram rankings, is Hong Kong’s main hope of sealing a Tokyo 2020 judo berth, and Wong said the HKJA was hoping she would be able to take part in competitions in Europe to boost her chances of qualification.

Hong Kong wants to stage the judo event to address Olympic qualification concerns
Hong Kong wants to stage the judo event to address Olympic qualification concerns

“We are planning to send Leung to Europe next year but it’s very difficult to get out of Hong Kong these days under the quarantine requirements, both for Hong Kong and overseas countries,” said Wong.

“If she cannot compete anymore, she may be overtaken by other judokas from the region. 

“Having a qualifying event in Hong Kong will help safeguard her position.”

Under the IJF’s revised process for Tokyo 2020, athletes have until June 28 next year to earn qualification points.

The IJF was forced to push back its deadline in the wake of the decision to postpone Tokyo 2020 to 2021.

The coronavirus pandemic curtailed dozens of judo events and led to the early abandonment of the 2020 World Tour season.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Stick says it will be like revenge

Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick says facing the British & Irish Lions was one of the best experiences of his career. He cannot wait for next year’s tour to begin.  Rugby lovers can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily

The last time the Lions toured South Africa in 2009. Stick who at the time was captaining the Blitzboks to a World Sevens Series title. He had the privilege of facing the tourists in their match against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth. The King’s side was coached by current Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons.

British and Irish Lions Tour – Stick says it will be like revenge
British and Irish Lions Tour – Stick says it will be like revenge

King’s side was a largely invitational team. A bulk of players from overseas clubs, the Vodacom Bulls, and a few from the Eastern Cape. Stick’s Blitzbok teammate, Mpho Mbiyozo, would score the Kings’ only try as the Lions went on to claim a hard-fought 20-8 victory.

Stick came on to the field in the second half but says the memories of that match are still fresh in his mind.It was 11 years ago, but I remember everything from that game,’ Stick said. ‘Many players don’t get the opportunity [of playing against the Lions], but for me, even after retiring, it always brought a smile to my face.

‘We were facing the best players from Europe. Ronan O’Gara kicked 10 points, Ugo Monye scored their only try, and there were many other big names, too. To share the field with all those players created memories that will last a lifetime, and I’m grateful for that opportunity.

Stick says the Lions will have vengeance on their minds after the Springboks’ victories
Stick says the Lions will have vengeance on their minds after the Springboks’ victories

‘Around then, I was all the while playing for the Blitzboks, however, I got a call from Mr. Solomons and he requested that I play that game. Myself and Mpho Mbiyozo, who was with me at the Springbok Sevens group, just couldn’t disapprove of this chance.


‘There was one thing that made it very special to me – to play in front of our supporters in Port Elizabeth. It’s the place that made me who I am, and it’s very close to my heart.

‘We had any semblance of De Wet Barry, an extraordinary Springbok, Solly Tyibilika and Francois Hougaard – a ton of incredible players, and for me, as a youth, it was uncommon to hobnob with these folks. At that point, taking a gander at the setting.

It would have been the principal sports coordinate at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, that was worked for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. We were truly eager to be a piece of that history.’

The King's side was coached by current Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons
The King’s side was coached by current Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons

Springbok assistant coach:

Now working under Jacques Nienaber as the Springboks’ assistant coach, Stick says the Lions will have vengeance on their minds after the Springboks’ victories over Wales and England during last year’s World Cup win.

‘The World Cup final against England was very tough and we had to be at our very best – I think facing the Lions will be three times as tough. Unlike at a World Cup, where you do have easier

weeks, there will be no opportunities to take things easy when preparing for the Lions – every training session, every gym session will have to count.

‘We are the current RWC champions – we beat England in the final and Wales in the semi-final, so they are going to come hard for us. It will be like revenge.

We’re certainly not expecting anything light. The northern-hemisphere sides are very strong at the moment – all of those teams are very tough, and we’ll make sure that we’re ready for that challenge.

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Shaun Edwards wants to effort on France over British and Irish Lions

Former Wales defense coach Shaun Edwards asserted he would focus on France next year for the possibility of being on the British and Irish Lions coaching panel. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

The Lions are scheduled to tour South Africa in 2021 for a three-game test series in July and August, while head coach Warren Gatland is finalizing his backroom staff.

Shaun Edwards wants to effort on France over British and Irish Lions
Shaun Edwards wants to effort on France over British and Irish Lions

Edwards already has the experience of being with the Lions as a defensive coach when they last traveled to South Africa in 2009 with head coach Sir Ian McGeechan, but when Gatland took over, he opted for Andy Farrell as a defensive coach on the road. 2013 and 2017 by Australia and New Zealand respectively.

He has also worked with Gatland for Wales, where he was a defensive coach since 2008 and decided to part ways after the 2019 World Cup, after which he was assigned a similar role with France. Rugby lovers can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Shaun Edwards already has the experience of being with the Lions as a defensive coach
Shaun Edwards already has the experience of being with the Lions as a defensive coach

Shaun Edwards:

“The French Federation has shown a lot of confidence in me,” Edwards said.

They gave me a four and a half year contract. When I signed the contract, I knew the Lions would be off the radar. I know from personal experience that Lions have the highest-profile of all. Not only is he supported by three million people in Wales, but he is also fully supported by England, Ireland, and Scotland.

“Being in France makes it different. They probably don’t understand how prestigious it is to be selected for the Lions, but that’s beside the point. I’m not expecting a phone call.”

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British and Irish Lions – Realistic Warren Gatland choices who aren’t even playing international rugby right now

British and Irish Lions tours have been synonymous with the bolt out of the blue selections of uncapped players or those with next to no Test match experience. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

And while next summer’s curtailed eight-match tour to South Africa offers slightly less scope for Warren Gatland. To detonate one of his selection grenades associated with his 12 years in Wales. Don’t bet against the grizzled Kiwi lobbing a left-field name into the squad.

Derek Quinnell was uncapped when the head of the great Welsh rugby clan was plucked by Carwyn James. Straight from a strong Llanelli side to be a member of the famous 1971 Lions tour of New Zealand.In 1989 ‘Prince of Centres’ Jeremy Guscott was called up to tour Australia whilst still uncapped for England.

British and Irish Lions - Warren Gatland choices who aren't even playing international rugby right now
British and Irish Lions – Warren Gatland choices who aren’t even playing international rugby right now

Little was known of the Bath man when selected other than his elegant running style and eye for a gap. And eight years later Will Greenwood was picked out of relative anonymity by Ian McGeechan due to his fantastic support lines and ability to get over the whitewash at Leicester Tigers.

That tour John Bentley also put his name up in the pantheon of Lion’s bolters nine years after winning two caps for England before going on to represent the Great Britain rugby league team.He was labelled ‘one of the best and most inspired Lions selections’.

So who are the leading uncapped contenders and those with just a brief flirtation with Test rugby that could be making headline news in 2021 Gatland names his squad for the three-Test series with the 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks?

We give you the runners and riders…..

Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales, uncapped)

Rees-Zammit admitted himself he was ‘not a happy camper’ and ‘devastated’

It was a source of frustration among some Welsh rugby fans when the 19-year-old jet-heeled Gloucester wing prodigy was called up to the 2020 Six Nations squad and never got capped by Wayne Pivac. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa Invitational Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Rees-Zammit admitted himself he was ‘not a happy camper’ and devastated. Not to play after shooting to prominence at Kingsholm with 12 tries in 15 games for the west country giants.

With pace to scorch the hard grounds of South Africa, Gatland has enjoyed success with Welsh wingers in his Lions squad. If he can maintain the stellar standards when English Premiership rugby resumes next weekend. Not all eyebrows would be raised if the Cardiff-born whiz-kid was called into the squad.

Alex Dombrandt (England, uncapped)

Dombrandt has had a meteoric rise after leaving Cardiff Met for Quins in 2018,

Last weekend former England back-row big-hitter Peter Winterbottom voiced his bemusement. Why the barnstorming Wales Under-20s cap continues to stay on the England sidelines under stubborn coach Eddie Jones.

Rembrandt has had a meteoric rise after leaving Cardiff Met for Quins in 2018, when his career took off in all aspects, except recognition at Test level. Rugby lovers can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

At 6ft 4ins and 18th 5lbs, the 23-year-old has all the attributes to cut it at Test level. This leaves Winterbottom incredulous Jones continues to snub the “The Dominator”.

He told The Rugby Paper: “Dombrandt’s potential is massive. He is a skilful player, he has good hands, whether it’s passing, linking or offloading – he’s a quick big man who hits good lines in attack.”

Winterbottom added he was even more mystified. When Jones presses openside flanker Tom Curry into No.8 duties in the Six Nations when Billy Vunipola was injured.

“There is nothing I see that means Dombrandt would not be a very good international No.8 now,” he added.

“Curry did a good job at eight but is far more explosive carrying the ball. Going forward he is one of the best in the country. That’s why I thought the England coaches would have taken him to the 2019 World Cup. If it is about refining his game at the top level and making good decisions, being there would have been invaluable.”

Uncapped by England doesn’t always translate into uncapped by the Lions – ask Greenwood and Guscott?

Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland, uncapped)

The 6ft 4ins and 16st 10lbs South African Under-20s wing only qualified for Scotland in June after serving his three-year residency period north of the border with Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh side.

The 6ft 4ins and 16st 10lbs South African Under-20s wing Duhan van der Merwe only qualified for Scotland in June

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has since made it clear. An international call-up is a matter of when not if and don’t rule out a debut against Wales. This autumn in their delayed 2020 Six Nations Championship clash. A delight for stats anoraks in the Guinness PRO14.

Van der Merwe making 73 carries beating 61 defenders the most of any player in the tournament.He has made 27 clean breaks (tournament-leading), 756 run metres (tournament-leading) and has seven tries to his name (third in the competition).

He has time on his side to stake his claim for Lions selection. When the Six Nations resumes later this year. Another wing who could leave Gatland drooling given his pace, power and physical prowess.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Warren Gatland open to working for the Chiefs ‘for free’ if 2021 tour is cancelled

Chiefs head coach Warren Gatland has revealed he would “absolutely” like to return to the Hamilton franchise next year should the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa be cancelled. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Gatland will leave his post with the Chiefs next season to take the helm of the Lions for a third consecutive tour. He leads the team to a series win against the Wallabies in 2013 and a series draw against the All Blacks in 2017.

British and Irish Lions Tour - Warren Gatland open to working for the Chiefs 'for free' if 2021 tour is cancelled
British and Irish Lions Tour – Warren Gatland open to working for the Chiefs ‘for free’ if 2021 tour is cancelled

He is then expected to return to see out the final two years of his four-year deal with the two-time Super Rugby champions. Maori All Blacks and Bay of Plenty coach Clayton MacMillan signing a one-year contract to fill the void left by Gatland next season.

Should the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to wreak havoc in South Africa, force the cancellation of the tour to the Republic. Gatland said he would relish the opportunity to return to the Chiefs.

The Lions tour was given the go-ahead three weeks ago. This allows some “certainty” for the multitude of fans expected to travel from the United Kingdom.

There are over half a million coronavirus cases in South Africa. There is plenty of uncertainty about the feasibility of the eight-match tour. Tour is scheduled to kick-off against the Stormers in Cape Town on July 3.

Bay of Plenty coach Clayton MacMillan signing a 1 year contract to fill the void left by Gatland
Bay of Plenty coach Clayton MacMillan signing a 1 year contract to fill the void left by Gatland

“It’s something we haven’t talked about. I’d have to do it for free, probably, I won’t get paid,” Gatland said when asked on Friday if he would like to stay involved in the Chiefs’ plans next season if the Lions tour is called off.

But absolutely. In these last seven or eight weeks, I’ve learnt a lot about the players. What sort of things you’d do differently, what things you would continue with. Working with the other coaches, hopefully, the things that we’ve learnt collectively will be beneficial for next year.

“So [if he’s with the Lions] it’s going to be a challenge. Would I like that continuity? I would. But we’re still day by day and we’re seeing what’s going to be happening in that space going forward.”

Gatland will head to the UK early next month ahead of the 2020-21 domestic season

Gatland will head to the UK early next month ahead of the 2020-21 domestic season. He begins to prepare for the tour as the Lions eye their first series win over the Springboks since 1997.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, will look to register their first Super Rugby Aotearoa win in their final game of the season against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

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The British & Irish Lions charitable trust declares new board of trustees

The British & Irish Lions Charitable Trust has today announced a new board of Trustees.All the members will join with immediate effect. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Former Ireland international, Fergus Slattery, a Lions tourist in 1971 and 1974. He joins the Board as Chairman working alongside three new Trustees. Richard Hill, Gavin Hastings, and Sam Warburton are new Trustees.

Former Ireland international Fergus Slattery joins the British & Irish Lions charitable trust as Chairman
Former Ireland international Fergus Slattery joins the British & Irish Lions charitable trust as Chairman

The Lions Charitable Trust was established in 2002. It focuses on providing financial support for the home unions’ funds for injured players. It is also offering assistance to Lions who may have fallen on hard times.

Fergus Slattery (Chairman of Trustees).

The back-row forward was capped 61 times for Ireland, including 18 as captain. He was selected for the Lions Tours to New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974.

Richard Hill (Trustee)

The flanker made 71 appearances for his country. He was at the heart of England’s triumphant World Cup-winning side of 2003. A Lions tourist on three separate occasions (1997 South Africa, 2001 Australia, 2005 New Zealand) earning five Test caps.

Gavin Hastings (Trustee)

The Scottish fullback played 61 for his country, 20 as captain. He first played for the Lions in 1986, against a Rest of the World XV, before playing in all three Tests of the 1989 Tour to Australia. He was skipper on the 1993 tour to New Zealand.

The Scottish fullback Gavin Hastings appointed as member of British & Irish Lions charitable trust
The Scottish fullback Gavin Hastings appointed as member of British & Irish Lions charitable trust

Sam Warburton (Trustee)

The openside flanker made the first of his 74 caps for Wales in 2009. Going on to skipper his country 49 times in a nine-year international career. At the age of 24, Warburton was made the youngest ever Lions captain for the 2013 tour to Australia. He also leading the Lions again four years later in New Zealand.

“We are delighted to appoint Fergus Slattery as Chairman, and such an esteemed cohort of Trustees,” said Shane Whelan, Secretary of the Lions Charitable Trust.

“Their knowledge and network, which spans four generations of Lions, will be an exceptional asset as we develop the Trust and ensure it is in the best possible position to support worthy causes and former Lions in times of crisis.”

Slattery, who worked as a property consultant before retirement, said. I am honored to have been selected to join the new Board and to take on the role of Chairman. The Trust is at an important point in its development. It has a great opportunity to build its influence in the world of rugby.

I am excited to work alongside my fellow trustees. I am supporting the organization and its vital work.

Sam Warburton, said I am thrilled to be joining the Lions Charitable Trust
Sam Warburton, said I am thrilled to be joining the Lions Charitable Trust

Sam Warburton Comments:

Commenting on his appointment, Sam Warburton, said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Lions Charitable Trust at an incredibly exciting time for the charity and help lead it on the next stage of its development. The work of the Trust is incredibly important in providing help to support former Lions in hardship.

“I look forward to working with the other Trustees and Lions staff to build on the excellent work that has already been carried out to date.”

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Jim Hamilton’s 2021 British and Irish Lions tour choice

Previous Scotland second column Jim Hamilton has picked his beginning fifteen for 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

The British and Irish Lions are one of the most acclaimed groups in the realm of rugby. At regular intervals, the British and IrishLions – chose from the national sides of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Head toward the southern side of the equator to do fight with rugby heavyweights New Zealand, Australia or South Africa.

Jim Hamilton has picked his beginning fifteen for 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa
Jim Hamilton has picked his beginning fifteen for 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa

In British and Irish Lions Tour 2021, the excitedly anticipated arrangement will visit the absolute most amazing arenas in the world game. This comes full circle in three Test matches against the recently delegated Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks.

British and Irish Lions Tour 2021:

The eight-game visit commences on Saturday 3 July 2021. The British and Irish Lions play Vodacom Super Rugby’s DHL Stormers in Cape Town.

After three weeks the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg will have the principal Test. A setting that last facilitated the Springboks in 2013. Interested Rugby fans can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Jim Hamilton’s 2021 British and Irish Lions tour choice

The subsequent Test follows on Saturday 31 July at the Cape Town Stadium. the main Lions Test in the Mother City since 1997 – before the vacationers come back to Gauteng for the last Test on Saturday 7 August at Emirates Airline Park – the celebrated setting of the 1995 Rugby World Cup last.

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British & Irish Lions Tour – Jamie Ritchie staying dedicated amid British & Irish Lions assumption

Jamie Ritchie says he is flattered by suggestions that he will start for the British & Irish Lions on next year’s tour to South Africa. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

He insists that after months without a game he cannot afford to look any further forward than Edinburgh’s forthcoming double-header against Glasgow. In recent days both Lions legend, Sir Ian McGeechan, and former Scotland lock Jim Hamilton have nominated Ritchie for a place in the tourists’ matchday 15.

British & Irish Lions Tour - Jamie Ritchie staying dedicated amid British & Irish Lions assumption
British & Irish Lions Tour – Jamie Ritchie staying dedicated amid British & Irish Lions assumption

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Both at last year’s Rugby World Cup and during this year’s Six Nations the Edinburgh back-row forward showed the standard of play required to have a good chance of selection. And yet, after such a long lay-off, and with a huge amount of rugby to be played over the coming months, Ritchie is taking nothing at all for granted.

“It’s extremely humbling to be included in those conversations, especially from guys like Ian,” the 23-year-old said.

A lot of people can get caught up looking too far ahead. It’s a bit of a cliche, but you’re only as good as your last game. I’m concentrating on trying to get back into form. If I get picked for these Glasgow games, they’ll be opportunities for me to find a vein of form. It looks like such an incredible experience across the board.

Not just the games themselves but the whole tour, having all the fans out there and stuff. It would be an awesome thing to be involved in. If the call comes, the call comes, but I certainly won’t be holding my breath.

Sir Ian McGeechan have nominated Jamie Ritchie for a place in the tourists’ matchday 15
Sir Ian McGeechan have nominated Jamie Ritchie for a place in the tourists’ matchday 15

“It would be a huge honour. It’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was a kid, don’t get me wrong, but I need to put myself in that position and there’s a lot of rugby between now and then. Hopefully, I’ll be in with a shout, but as I say there’s a lot of rugby to be played before then. I just need to keep playing well.”

The individual form he was in before lockdown made the abrupt cessation of rugby particularly frustrating for Ritchie, who was part of the Scotland squad that travelled to Wales only to have their game called off at the 11th hour. That game is now set to be played in October as part of an extremely busy international autumn schedule.

Ritchie seems confident that, even if a bit of rustiness will be inevitable in Edinburgh’s first matches back, he should be up to speed in time for the Test campaign.

“Especially when we were down in Wales, we were full of confidence,” he continued.

We were looking to go to the Principality and get a win. I think we were all fairly confident that was going to happen. So it was frustrating. We thought we were going to be the only sports fixture in the world at one point. But unfortunately, it fell by the wayside, as did everything else.

Jamie Ritchie says he is flattered by suggestions that he will start for the British & Irish Lions
Jamie Ritchie is flattered by suggestions that he will start for the British & Irish Lions

Jamie Ritchie Form:

In terms of my form, I’m not too worried about it. What will be will be? I’m pretty sure that I’ll hopefully be able to get back into some kind of form off the back of having this time off. It’s just a case of making sure I prepare properly.With these two Glasgow games, I’m not expecting to be firing right from the off.

It sometimes takes a couple of games to get into it. There’s lots of rugby to be played, so I’m not too worried at the moment.This period is about trying to build up as much robustness as we can because when the season starts we’re probably going to be at it for a wee while without a break.

Cockers [Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill] will certainly have us ready. They are extremely physical encounters.There’s always the Scotland thing on the line. It’s an opportunity to get back into rugby. We need to be firing on all cylinders.

“Now we’ve got a date in mind it’s easy to have a focus now. I’m not looking too far past that.”

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Stuart Lancaster could return to international rugby

Lions boss Warren Gatland admits he has spoken to former England head coach. Warren Gatland has a “huge amount of respect” for him. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Stuart Lancaster is under serious consideration to returning to international rugby with the British and Irish Lions. Lancaster has not coached at Test level since his England team crashed out in the pool stages of the 2015 World Cup on home turf.

Lions boss Warren Gatland admits he a "huge amount of respect" for Stuart Lancaster.
Lions boss Warren Gatland admits he a “huge amount of respect” for Stuart Lancaster.

But so impressively has he rebuilt his reputation at Leinster. He has guided to back-to-back European Cup finals, winning in 2018. Lions boss Warren Gatland has spoken to him about next summer’s British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa.

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Gatland told the Will Greenwood podcast: “I’ve spoken to Stuart and we’ve had a couple of conversations

You must show some respect for Stuart. He got done with England, at that point he’s disappeared and he’s done some expert development. There’s no uncertainty what he’s done and the effect that he’s had since his time with Leinster.

He’d state that he’s certainly improved as a mentor and I have a gigantic measure of regard for him.We met before the last visit and he addressed me about his sentiments on the Leinster players and the Irish players. He gave me knowledge into them and I valued that.

British and Irish Lions Tour - Stuart Lancaster could return to international rugby
British and Irish Lions Tour – Stuart Lancaster could return to international rugby

“He’s one person that I’ve spoken to and had a couple of conversations with him, but there are many other people that I’ll be looking to talk to.”

Gatland also gave assurances about Saracens players. Players who ply their trade in English rugby’s second tier next season will not be disadvantaged in Lions tour selection.

“It’s not as if those players aren’t experienced or haven’t achieved at the highest level,” he said.

Furthermore, a great deal of them who have been engaged with England or been on past Lions visits have been especially at the head of the game.

“So I don’t have any concerns and worries about what state they’re going to be in, because I think they’re going to get enough top-level rugby before the tour.”

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