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.