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Joe Schmidt defends Warren Gatland as Ireland beat Japan

By PA reporter
Rugby Union International: Ireland 50 Japan 22 IRELAND head coach Joe Schmidt has sympathised with Warren Gatland's decision to call up six replacement players as cover for the British and Irish Lions' forthcoming midweek games against the Chiefs and the Hurricanes.

Rhys Webb says Lions must stop Sonny Bill Williams

From Nick Purewal, Press Association Sport, Auckland
THE British and Irish Lions must stop "monster" centre Sonny Bill Williams to stand any chance of beating New Zealand, according to Rhys Webb.

Jared Payne ruled out of Lions' opening fixture

From Nick Purewal, Press Association Sport, in Auckland
JARED Payne has been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions' opening tour match against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians due to a calf strain.

Scarlets stun Leinster at RDS to reach Guinness PRO12 final

PA Rugby Reporter
Guinness PRO12 semi-final: Leinster 15 Scarlets 27 SCARLETS reached their first ever Guinness PRO12 final after defeating much-fancied Leinster 27-15 at the RDS despite having Steff Evans sent off before half-time.

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