This was not a game for the faint-hearted, neither in terms of the physical collisions on the pitch or the nerve-wracking uncertainty off it.
Sport is always littered with ifs and maybes but rarely have so many been crammed into 80 minutes of Test rugby.
The British and Irish Lions captain, Sam Warburton, has warned Australia to brace themselves for an explosive contest when the two teams finally meet in Saturday's eagerly awaited first Test.
Jason Robinson is one of a handful of rugby players looked upon with reverence and respect across both the Rugby League and Rugby Union communities.
The Lions slumped to their first defeat of the 2013 tour to Australia with a 14-12 loss to the ACT Brumbies in Canberra.
The British & Irish Lions have been warned that their midweek defeat by the ACT Brumbies will galvanise Australia for the first Test in Brisbane on Saturday.
All Lions tours have their twists and turns but this one is now spiralling away into comic-book fantasy.
The Lions have been urged by one of their senior players to raise their collective intensity in training if they want to beat Australia in next week's first Test.
Stock market investors, already battered by the worst quarter since the depths of the eurozone crisis, now face a make-or-break England rugby fixture that could wipe billions off share prices.
The 2003 World Cup winners Will Greenwood and Lawrence Dallaglio have questioned the absence of Sir Clive Woodward from the Rugby Football Union’s five-man panel to review England’s World Cup failure, which includes two individuals who approved the appointment of Stuart Lancaster as coach three years ago.
Brian O'Driscoll is on standby to lead the British & Irish Lions into the decisive third Test against Australia amid fears that Sam Warburton's tour will end prematurely.
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Last month Stuart Lancaster took a night off from the stress of coaching England and went to the cinema.
A 38-man British and Irish Lions squad will finally be unveiled on Tuesday after an intense 11th-hour debate over the potential inclusion of Jonny Wilkinson.
Warren Gatland is committed to seeing out his contract with Wales until the end of the 2015 World Cup, when he will consider his options.
Post-traumatic shock can take various forms, from unwanted flashbacks to irritability and helplessness.
Stuart Lancaster has refused to be drawn on his future should England go out of the World Cup by losing to Australia this weekend.
In Australia they call it fossicking or noodling. Sometimes it can take decades of scouring the parched outback to secure the odd rare gem – perhaps opal or gold – lying unclaimed in a remote mining settlement such as Coober Pedy. Suddenly English rugby is in a similar situation; after years of fruitless June expeditions there is finally a glint of precious metal visible in the dirt.
England, for the first time in years, have reached the point where only a light touch on the tiller is required. On virtually every summer tour since the game went professional they have either been beset by injuries and off‑field scandals or too knackered to mount a serious challenge.
Eddie Jones has accused several leading Australian rugby pundits of disrespecting his squad and England’s head coach is predicting more dirty tricks in the lead-up to the second Test against the Wallabies, 1-0 down in the best-of-three series, in Melbourne on Saturday.