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Blog posts of '2013' 'June'

Phil Vickery: Coach Warren Gatland brave to ring changes

SO THIS IS IT. A shot at history. One massive performance in Melbourne today and a first series victory for 16 years.


It's interesting how Warren Gatland is approaching this seminal game in comparison to 12 years ago when we went into the second Test in the same position.

Back then Graham Henry...

Phil Vickery: Alarm bells may ring in changes
THE BOOKMAKERS may believe a Lions series win is a formality after their first Test triumph but I can hear alarm bells from Brisbane – and loud ones.
Fantastic though it was to enjoy a victory Down Under, the fact was that the Lions were lucky.
It was only Australia’s inability to land either of...
Phil Vickery: Picking Sam Warburton is a big mistake

IT PAINS ME to say it but I think the Lions blundered in picking Sam Warburton for today’s first Test. I know he is the captain and a wonderful player – but I would have Justin Tipuric at No7.

Referee Chris Pollock officiated in England’s Test against Argentina in Salta and was not interested in a ...

All-England Lions front row? Phil Vickery's view

Few rugby players have experienced the highs and lows of playing on Australian soil quite like former England and Lions prop Phil Vickery.

In 2003 Vickery was a pivotal member of the England team that lifted the World Cup in the Aussie’s backyard, redemption for a man whose first taste of oversees ...

Phil Vickery: Now it's a real balancing act for the Lions

THE HYPE has been going on for three years and at last they have played some rugby. It has begun.

The Lions have played a game, not talked about one. 

The wheels have started to roll.

It is hard to say what they will have got out of the game in Hong Kong, apart from getting some rust out of the s...