Ireland and Lions rugby outhalf Jonathan Sexton said he felt taken for granted by the Irish Rugby Football Union in contract talks, which ultimately broke down and prompted him to leave the Leinster team.
The British and Irish Lions picked Simon Zebo to make his debut and named his Ireland teammate Jonathan Sexton at fly-half for the combined rugby team’s fifth tour game against the New South Wales Waratahs in two days.
Leigh Halfpenny scored 30 points as the British and Irish Lions beat the New South Wales Waratahs 47-17 in their next-to-last game before taking on Australia in a three-match rugby series. The touring team today drafted former Wales winger Shane Williams for its final tuneup.
The British and Irish Lions picked a prop who wasn’t in the original squad among eight Test newcomers for the combined team in its rugby series opener against Australia, which selected three rookies of its own.
Australia and the British and Irish Lions went their separate ways to prepare for the deciding rugby Test with the momentum following the Wallabies to Sydney after their one-point victory in Melbourne kept the series alive.
The British and Irish Lions return home tomorrow after ending their 16-year wait for a rugby series win by routing Australia in the deciding match. Some are already looking ahead to the combined team’s next tour in 2017.
The British and Irish Lions included fit-again winger Tommy Bowe and scrum-half Ben Youngs among five starting changes for the second rugby Test against Australia, which made two injury-enforced alterations of its own.
The British and Irish Lions routed an understrength Western Force 69-17 in the first of five games in Australia before facing the Wallabies in a Test series. Prop Cian Healy may leave the tour after he was cited for allegedly biting an opponent and also got injured.