Ian Malin

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Oct 13

Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens obituary

England rugby international with a reputation for hard forward playEnglish victories against the All Blacks in New Zealand are rare events and the win in Auckland on 15 September 1973 turned the world of rugby union upside down. To say the England team…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/13/brian-stack-stevens-obituary

Jul 09

British & Irish Lions series man marks

Maro Itoje and Sean O’Brien were outstanding performers in a squad of players that showed up strongly across three Tests and seven other tour matches

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Related: Lions and All Blacks fight to a standstill after the most intense battle | Andy Bull

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Jul 08

New Zealand 15-15 British & Irish Lions: third Test player ratings

Maro Itoje was immense for the Lions and Owen Farrell held his nerve, but Beauden Barrett was wasteful and Jerome Kaino could have cost the All Blacks

Jordie Barrett, full-back 9/10 Beauden’s little brother was as solid as a rock under the high ball and his first-half try, after his key part in the first, gave New Zealand a lead they really should have held on to.

Related: Lions and All Blacks tie thrilling final Test and series

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/08/lions-all-blacks-third-test-auckland-ratings

Feb 06

Joost van der Westhuizen obituary

One of rugby’s greatest scrum-halves who played a vital role in the historic 1995 World Cup final against the All Blacks

The 1995 World Cup final was the most momentous game in the history of rugby union, the match that helped unite Nelson Mandela’s new South Africa. At the heart of the Springboks’ 15-12 victory over the side many consider to be the greatest ever New Zealand team was the scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen. Van der Westhuizen is perhaps second only to Wales’s Gareth Edwards in the pantheon of leading scrum-halves.

Van der Westhuizen, who has died of motor neurone disease aged 45, gave the pass that June day in Johannesburg for Joel Stransky to kick his winning drop-goal in extra time. But it was his tackle on the fearsome Jonah Lomu, who was in full flight, that sticks in the memory and at the game’s final scrum close to the All Blacks’ try-line it was Van der Westhuizen who was helping push the New Zealand pack backwards as the seconds ticked away.

Related: Joost van der Westhuizen will be remembered for inspirational spirit and dignity | Robert Kitson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/06/joost-van-der-westhuizen-obituary