Lions coach Warren Gatland plumps for warm-up match against Barbarians at Twickenham 


British and Irish lion coach Warren Gatland mult for warm-up game against barbarians before tour and game in South Africa will take place in Twickenham despite Premiership Final

  • Lions are ready to complete plans on Thursday for a game against the barbarians
  • Coach Gatland sees the game as the best way to prepare for the three-test series
  • Twickenham will location for the Premiership Final on Saturday, June 26
  • The Lions vS Barbarians competition will take place at the same location on June 25 or 27

The lions are ready to complete plans on Thursday. for a game against the barbarians in Twickenham, prior to their tour through South Africa next summer.

A meeting in London was set to ratify the arrangements for the British and Warren Gatland Irish side opposite the famous invitational club.

Recent reports had indicated that Japan were potential opponents and Sportsmail understands that certain members of the Lions hierarchy were out for this option.

Lions coach Warren Gatland is excited for a competition to prepare his team for Springboks Series

However, sources have indicated that Gatland sees a match against the free-running barbarians as a better way to launch preparations for a three-test series against the Springboks.

The former head coach of Kiwi in Wales, who led the lions to a 2-1 win over Australia in 2013 and a 1-1 draw with the All Blacks in 2017, is frustrated by Premiership's lack of cooperation Rugby, who refused to organize their final one week earlier in 2021.

That is supposed to be a factor behind the determination for the Lions-Barbarians competition that will take place in Twickenham.

The National Stadium of England will be the location for the Premiership Final on June 26 next year – a week before the lions face the Stormers in Cape Town

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The arrangement of lions will probably be staged the night before, or the day after the premiership final

Sportsmail has learned that the Lions v Barbarians program will be held at the same location in southwest London, either on Friday evening – June 25 – or on Sunday June 27.

Earlier this month, the Scottish Rugby Union pressed Murrayfield to organize the meeting, while Cardiff & # 39; s Principality Stadium was identified as another option.

But it is understood that officials in the capital of Wales give priority to staging concerts at that time of year, while the Lions prefer London to Edinburgh.

In 1977, the Lions faced the barbarians in Twickenham to mark the Queen & # 39; s Silver Jubilee and again faced the Hong Kong International Club in 2013 before arriving in Australia.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= A late Jonny Wilkinson penalty earned the Lions a 25 -25 draw against Argentina in 2005

Home games are rare for the British and Irish team, although Sir Clive Woodward's lions traveled with Cardiff to Argentina prior to their ill-fated Crusade to New Zealand in 2005.

Gatland is aware of the urgent need for competition exercises for its players, as next year's tour will be the shortest in history, with only eight games in South Africa.

In addition, he is likely to rely on several Saracen stars, who will chronically have no elite-level competitions after a season in the championship

Meanwhile, the Irish prop Cian Healy will be the rest of the Six Nations miss with the hip problem he suffered in England's 24-12 defeat on Saturday. Healy was forced in the first half with an injury described as a hip with a shock after a scan.



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Lions target warm-up match against Barbarians, Japan or New Zealand Maori before South Africa tour


British and Irish lions line up £ 5 million warm-up match against Japan, barbarians or New Zealand Maori before next year's tour of South Africa

  • Coach Warren Gatland is enthusiastic for the money-spinning competition to continue
  • British and Irish lions have talks with the barbarians, Japan and New Zealand
  • Twickenham will not host the competition due to a clash with Premiership final

By Nik Simon for MailOnline

The British and Irish Lions ] are in conversation with the barbarians, Japan and New Zealand Maori about a warm-up competition for next year's tour through South Africa .

] Warren Gatland wants the money-spinning competition to continue to prepare his team for the Springbok series.

Such a match could generate around £ 5 million and Gatland revealed that it is ready to be played at a location in the UK.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= & # 39; The lions are planning a warm-up competition somewhere in London, Wales or Edinburgh, & # 39; Gatland told Kyodo News.

& # 39; There are two or three parties we are talking to, the barbarians, Maori, and Japan from New Zealand. & # 39;

However, it has been reported that Twickenham is not a potential location due to a clash with the last prime minister.



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Dan Lawrence on song with the bat and the ball as England Lions roar Down Under


Essex-younger Dan Lawrence sings with the bat and the ball while England Lions Down Under roar

  • The Essex off-spinner took three wickets in four balls and ended with four for 28
  • Then, with 35 runs, he weighed the bat to claim man-of-the-match
  • The tourists chased the 180 goal of a Cricket Australia XI

by Richard Gibson for the Daily Mail

Dan Lawrence has packed career-best bowling figures, including : three wickets in four balls, while England Lions kept a record of 100 percent during their tour through Australia.

Essex & # 39; s occasional off-spinner ended with four for 28 – and then weighed in with 35 runs with the bat to claim the man-of-the-match award.

The tourists chased the 180-run target set by saving a Cricket Australia XI with nine overs in Carrara, Queensland.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Then Lawrence took three wickets in four balls while England Lions defeated Australia

Also prominent in making it two victories of two for the Lions was Durham & # 39; s Brydon Carse, who reduced numbers from 2/2/17-3 and then entered an undefeated 19th.

& # 39; It's great to have another win under our belt in what was pretty challenging conditions, with the threat of bad weather, which means we were against during our pursuit, "Lawrence said

"These first two wins give us great confidence in the rest of the one. -day series, which shows that we can perform at all stages of the game and adapt to the competition situation. & # 39;

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England & # 39; s second series plays eight games Down Under and will compete against a recent trend such tours, face an Australia A team with nine full internationals in their first class competition in Melbourne from February 22-25.

Moises Henriques leads a team with 2019 Ashes stars Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson.

Former schoolboy in Leeds Josh Inglis – who moved to Australia as a teenager – is one of three uncapped players.



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British and Irish Lions pushing ahead with plans to stage farewell Test on home soil


British and Irish lions continue plans to hold farewell test on their own soil before 2021 tour through South Africa … but Premiership clubs are not happy

  • The Welsh and Irish trade unions have expressed interest in organizing the game
  • The availability of Saracens & # 39; Lions stars has given a boost to the talks
  • The request of the lions to put forward premiership by one week was denied

The British and Irish Lions ] continue with plans to hold a farewell test on their own soil before next summer's tour through South Africa contrary to the wishes of Premiership clubs.

The trade unions from Wales and Ireland have expressed interest in staging the competition at Millennium Stadium and Aviva Stadium, respectively, due to doubts about the availability of Twickenham, which will host the Final in the last weekend of June next year Premiership will organize.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The availability of the lion contingent of Saracens has renewed impetus for conversations

The sudden availability of Saracens & # 39; Lions stars for the proposed game, after the club's relegation to the Salary Piss scandal championship, has given the talks a boost.

The lions had asked the clubs to advance the Premiership final one week, but the request was denied. ]



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Sibley, Crawley and Bess to join up with England Lions as planned in Australia


Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley and Dom Bess join England Lions as planned in Australia

  • The trio will join England Lions in Australia next month
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  • The players will all be home for a week before they depart on February 7
  • They are expected to play against a Cricket Australia XI and Australia A
  • They are likely to join England's complete tour feast in Sri Lanka

Three of Joe Root's revitalized test team will join with England Lions in Australia after all next month after an assessment of their winter schedules.

Opening batsmen Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley plus off-spinner Dom Bess are now available for at least the first two games of the first-class section of the tour – although Bess has withdrawn from the five one-day games this start the weekend.

The trio will all be home for a week before leaving on February 7 to prepare for four-day games against a Cricket Australia XI and Australia A. It is unlikely that they will be on March 2-5 acting against New South Wales as expected members of the full England tour party for Sri Lanka that month.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= England opener Dominic Sibley will be available for at least the first two games of the tour

The schedules of all three were recently discussed after a change in their situation since the Lions team was named for Christmas.

& # 39; After discussions with players, coaches in England, national selectors and the provinces, we agreed that Dom, Zak and Dom will travel to Australia with the lions, "said Mo performance director of the ECB Mo Bobat.

"It was great to see them perform so well in the test arena and the Lions tour is an opportunity for them to continue nue their development in international cricket, gain experience in a wider range of circumstances. This allows them to improve their skills on Australian wickets for future Ashes series. & # 39;

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Spinner Dom Bess (above) ) has a week at home before leaving for Australia for the tour

Sibley scored his first test century in the historic victory in Cape Town recently and hit 324 runs in the series with an average of 54.

Crawley, an injury replacement for Rory Burns for the second test, struck a first international half-century in Johannesburg this week, while Bess – left out by the seamer-friendly Wanderers – took five for 51 in the first innings of the victory in Port Elizabeth.



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Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United: Mo Besic and Oliver Norwood stunners earn Blades win over Lions



Millwall starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Bialkowski; Wallace, Cooper, Pearce; Ferguson (Bradhsaw, 71), Mitchell, Mahoney (Wallace, 74), Molumby, Brown; O & # 39; Brien, Smith (Bodvarsson, 71)

Subs not used: Hutchinson, Romeo, Skalak, Sandford

Manager: Gary Rowett

Sheffield United starting line-up (5-3-2): Henderson; O & # 39; Connell, Jagielka, Basham; Osborn, K. Freeman, Norwood, Besic, L. Freeman (J. Robinson, 80); Sharp, C Robinson (Clarke, 67)

Subs not used: Lunstram, McBurnie, Egan, Morrison, Verrips

Goals: Goals: Besic (62), Norwood (84)

Booked: K Freeman (69)

Manager: Chris Wilder [19459]]

Referee: Anthony Taylor



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England Lions star Tom Kohler-Cadmore set up a WhatsApp group that logged sexual conquests


Tom Kohler-Cadmore has revealed his relief that he got a second chance at the international level 12 months after he felt that his career was & # 39; crashing & # 39 ;.

Last January, the Yorkshire batsman was suspended indefinitely from all England-related selection and was subsequently fined £ 2,000 for discrediting the game, along with Joe Clarke of Nottinghamshire, after coming for the court was named as members of a WhatsApp group that registered sexual conquests with women.

Although neither was accused of a crime, their former Worcestershire teammate Alex Hepburn was found guilty of rape during a new trial and held for five years in April.

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Tom Kohler-Cadmore was suspended indefinitely for selection in England and fined £ 2,000

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Alex Hepburn (R), a former te associate of Kohler-Cadmore, was found guilty of rape last April

But for the first time speaking profoundly about the inappropriate episode, Kohler-Cad more, who arrived in Australia on Wednesday for an eight-match tour with England Lions expressed his regret and admitted that in 2017 his behavior would end his dream of playing for his country.

The 25-year-old-old and Clarke had just finished training with England's second series at the ECB's Loughborough academy base when the team management told them they were withdrawing from the team on the eve of the tour through India.

& I received a telephone call from Andy Flower around half past three in the afternoon. I knew the trial was going on, but I had not planned any court action, so I was never in a position to think that I was in any danger of something like that, & he recalls.

& # 39; Flower asked my involvement. I told him everything I knew about the WhatsApps and then he told me that I was suspended because of the tour. It was very difficult to take because I had built up my entire career to be in the Lions and hopefully move on to England and it felt like everything was crashing.

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Kohler-Cadmore, played here for de Lions in June 2018, was brought back into the team

& # 39 I didn't do it I want to look at my phone because every message I received felt bad news. I thought, "This is never gonna end." I was worried about being fired.

& # 39; Then it pushed everything further back with the new lawsuit. It was a really stressful period and I couldn't imagine what Joe was going through. & # 39;

Closure of species for the pair came last July when a cricket discipline commission punished them for their involvement.

As part of that, they were forced to attend educational lessons on sexual consent, but from a gaming perspective, their four-match bans were served in absentia in India, making them available for selection.

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England Lions coach Andy Flower brought the news to Kohler-Cadmore about his suspension

Kohler-Cadmore says he knew that & # 39; there was no longer a black cross against my name & # 39; encouraged him in the final stages of the 2019 season, one in which he finished with 828 championship runs at 39.42, second only to Gary Ballance at Yorkshire.

Also named as the captain of the club Twenty20, he responded with an average of 62.14, the highest of a batsman who scored more than 365 points in the Vitality Blast.

In contrast, Clarke struggled. The 23-year-old was dropped for Nottinghamshire & # 39; s home quarter-final win over Middlesex in the Blast and only increased his championship average in the 1930s by two hundred against Warwickshire in the last home game of the campaign.

He did not make any of the Lions squadrons that were sent out to experience Australian conditions prior to the Ashes tour 2021-22.

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Joe Clarke, 23, has none of the English Lions squadrons who toured Australia this winter

ECB Director Mo Bobat said: There were no disciplinary reasons why we had not chosen him. We don't draw lines through anyone. & # 39;

Now Kohler-Cadmore says: & # 39; I want to use my mistakes to prevent someone else from ending up in a similar situation. & # 39; He addressed the Yorkshire Academy for their use of social media and offered to speak in the pre-season smoking camps of the Professional Cricketers' Association after returning from the eight-match Down Under tour.

& # 39; If I can help young boys by giving them advice or knowledge, then it's a good thing to get out of a bad situation & # 39 ;, Kohler-Cadmore says.

& # 39; I was wrong. We all had our role in the group and it was meant as a bit of a joke between us. I know it's no joke now. I was the one who founded the group, but it was never intended to have such a result. It was just the three of us who were young, single boys. We were naive. & # 39;

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The 23-year-old admits that the WhatsApp group was a & # 39; terrible idea & # 39; and a & # 39; really bad taste & # 39; had

& # 39; I know the WhatsApp group was a terrible idea, but at the time it was only messages between me and some friends in private. clearly in a bad taste, so I don't hide behind that For me it's about learning things like that.

& # 39; The whole period struck me hard and that is a good perspective on my career , given me more drive and desire to be back.

& Hopefully I can show what I can do in Australia and achieve my ambition to play for England. & # 39;



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