Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions’ rugby tour of Hong Kong and Australia after his Wales team won Europe’s Six Nations title. Chris Robshaw was left out and Jonny Wilkinson turned down a place.
The All Blacks head into their Rugby World Cup semifinal with two playmakers who weren’t on the original squad as Colin Slade and Mils Muliaina joined Dan Carter in suffering tournament-ending injuries.
All Blacks reserve fly-half Colin Slade has the backing of coaches, players and fans to cover the loss of injured playmaker Dan Carter as the top-ranked team seeks its first Rugby World Cup title in 24 years.
Warren Gatland was named as head coach of the British and Irish Lions for next year’s rugby tour of Australia, concluding an appointment that had been delayed after the New Zealander broke both heels in a fall.