England international rugby player Geoff Parling visits his old club Stockton, and coaches the U13's

Scrum Down: Geoff Parling remains grounded with Stockton RFC

England and Lions star back to his roots to extol the virtues of volunteering.

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland

The Agenda: Has Warren Gatland lost the plot?

Mark Smith explains why Warren Gatland's Welsh-heavy Lions selection puts Australia in the driving seat for Saturday's series decider

Alan Tait, Newcastle Falcons

Alan Tait backs Israel Folau to prove doubters wrong

Alan Tait believes Israel Folau has proven wrong the doubters who said the rugby league convert could not hack it in union

Former Newcastle Falcons head coach Alan Tait

Final glory is still anyone’s to take, says ex-Lion Alan Tait

Immortalised as a key spoke in the 1997 British and Irish Lions’ wheel, ex-Newcastle Falcons star Alan Tait tells Mark Smith why the class of 2013 are set to go right down to the wire

Brian O'Driscoll, the Lions match captain talks to his team during the British and Irish Lions captain's run

Hungry Lions on the main course

The British and Irish Lions have been left under no illusions that Australia could well get one over them in their first Test

Brian O'Driscoll, the Lions match captain talks to his team during the British and Irish Lions captain's run

Tough start - but Lions to face harder games soon

The British and Irish Lions’ tour is really now under way as the Lions managed to come through against Queensland Reds

Voyce aims to rebuild Lions career

Tom Voyce returns to representative rugby for the first time in a year today determined to rekindle an England career brought to a sudden halt last summer.

Wilkinson ruled out of final

The Lions are limping into Saturday's Test series finale against New Zealand at Eden Park.

Hard-fought victory for Lions

The Lions' midweek team made it five wins from five games today with a hard-fought victory over Auckland.

Dark cloud has been lifted

Lions coach Ian McGeechan last night hailed his players for "lifting a dark cloud" following the demolition of Manawatu.

Woodward: Jonny will deliver today

Lions chief Sir Clive Woodward has backed Jonny Wilkinson to prosper in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of today's first Test showdown with the All Blacks.

Marshall aiming to leave the big stage on a high

Veteran New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall is bracing himself for an emotional and winning farewell to his beloved Christchurch fans when he plays his last game at Jade Stadium today against the Lions.

Jonny borrows All Blacks role

Jonny Wilkinson believes the Lions have taken a leaf out of the All Blacks' book by naming him at centre for the first Test on Saturday.

Lions must get act together

Wellington coach John Plumtree last night put the Lions' latest tour victory into perspective by claiming: "I think the All Blacks would have scored 60 points against us."

teaser, Jonny Wilkinson

Given the boot by Wilko

The Lions returned to winning ways by defeating Wellington at Westpac Stadium today - but it should have been a far more convincing victory.

Hill ready to climb in

Injury has forced flanker Lewis Moody out of the British and Irish Lions squad for tomorrow's clash against Wellington - and handed his England colleague Richard Hill a place on the bench.

Wilko 'a weak link in Lions line-up'

Jonny Wilkinson has been singled out as a weak link in the British and Irish Lions side.

O'Driscoll relishes captaincy of Lions

Brian O'Driscoll yesterday described winning the captaincy of the Lions as a "tremendous honour".

Leonard warns of England backlash

Test centurion Jason Leonard has warned New Zealand and Australia to beware of England's wounded lions during this month's tour and predicted they could be on the receiving end of a Six Nations backlash.


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