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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.

Defeat to Ospreys ends Ulster's hopes of Guinness PRO12 play-off spot

By John Flack
ULSTER’S hopes of playing knock-out rugby for a seventh consecutive season are all but over following another error-ridden display on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium, where the Ospreys’ 24-10 win secured the Welsh side a PRO12 semi-final place barring a virtually impossible scenario.

The Ireland players on the Lions tour profiled

Cahair O'Kane
JARED PAYNE (Ulster) Age: 31 Position: Full-back Caps: 20 THE versatile New Zealand-born back was barely included in the conversation prior to the hours before the announcement.

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