Maro Itoje warns Lions teammates South Africa win could yet "mean nothing"

The British and Irish Lions won their first Test on a tour of South Africa for only the fifth time on Saturday when Maro Itoje delivered a man-of-the-match performance at Cape Town Stadium. It was a leader’s contribution befitting a man who’s formed a habit playing beyond his years, and that same maturity shone through in Itoje’s comments ahead of a pivotal second Test. The Lions have gone on to

‘Sharp as ever’: Why Rennie is impressed with wiser, older Cooper

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie stressed the importance of good character when he sat down with Quade Cooper for a coffee last week and got his first good look, up close, of the enigmatic playmaker. After a decade of watching Cooper from afar, and occasionally coaching against him, Rennie’s knowledge of the Wallaby most New Zealanders love to hate had been gleaned “mostly through the media”. “It’s very similar to James

AFL mark of the year battle rises to another level

One of the most flamboyant forwards in VFL-AFL history says Isaac Heeney deserves to win this year’s mark of the year but a man considered one of the sport’s most courageous insists Jack Riewoldt deserves the honour. In a season filled with spectacular marks, Warwick Capper says he has joked with Isaac Heeney that he is the “poor man’s Warwick Capper” but the young Swan could soon have something in

Manly star facing another year on sidelines

Manly rising star Manase Fainu is facing yet another NRL season on the sideline after his long-awaited trial for an alleged knife attack at a church dance was once again delayed. Fainu has not played since the end of the 2019 season and his trial was scheduled to begin in the Parramatta District Court on Monday. However, his trial has now been delayed until July next year because of Covid-related

Giants earn their place in the eight, Bombers blow their chance

After a torrid month away from home, Greater Western Sydney are back in the eight by half a game after running down Essendon at Metricon Stadium. Leon Cameron praised his team, which struggled to score but had too much run for the Bombers, who struggled to get their hands on the ball in the second half. Mission accomplished – the Giants leave Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast after their

Cheslin Kolbe escaped the tough times to become a South African hero

Cheslin Kolbe could have chosen the route of guns, gangsters and drugs – even one of his best friends was shot dead… but instead the Springbok star escaped the tough times to become a national hero and beacon of hope for kids Cheslin Kolbe grew up in a town in South Africa where guns and gangs are rife One of his best childhood friends from home was shot dead two

Jacques Nienaber: TMO correct to rule out Willie Le Roux Springboks try vs British and Irish Lions

South Africa have backed the officials’ decision to chalk off Willie Le Roux’s potentially match-changing try in the 22-17 Test loss to the British and Irish Lions. The Lions powered to a gritty victory in Cape Town courtesy of a try for Luke Cowan-Dickie, 14 points from Dan Biggar and a late Owen Farrell penalty. The world champion Springboks saw possible scores for both Le Roux and Damian De Allende

Bryan Habana: Luke Cowan-Dickie is the 'heartbeat' of the Lions

Luke Cowan-Dickie is the ‘heartbeat’ of the British and Irish Lions pack that South Africa should fear in the first Test, claims Bryan Habana… but warns Warren Gatland’s men must improve at the breakdown if they are to execute gameplan against Springboks The British and Irish Lions take on South Africa in the first Test on Saturday  Alun Wyn Jones will start, but it should not be seen as a

South Africa vow to do their talking ‘between the lines’ against Lions

Mzwandile Stick, pictured, has vowed that South Africa will settle any scores on egos on the pitch against the British and Irish Lions (Mike Egerton/PA) South Africa have pledged to settle the battle of the egos on the field in Saturday’s first Test against the British and Irish Lions. Head coach Warren Gatland believes the Lions hurt the Springboks’ pride with a dominant set-piece showing despite falling to a 17-13

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak pays tribute to family in heartwarming try celebration

The New Zealand Warriors went down to South Sydney in a heavy loss on Saturday afternoon but a heartwarming moment meant their fans had something to smile about. Early in the first half, Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scored the first try of the game and dedicated it to his newborn baby, who arrived overnight. Watch The 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Live & On-Demand on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try