After beating the British and Irish Lions 30-15 in their first test in Auckland, New Zealand were the clear favourites to secure the series with a win in the second test in Wellington last week. But it was not to be for the All Blacks. The Lions made the most of Sonny Bill Williams’ first-half sending off for a shoulder charge and won a thrilling match 24-21. That sets up the return to Eden Park wonderfully as it’s winner takes all for this thoroughly entertaining Lions Tour.
It may only feel like yesterday that Joe Root won his first test cap for England but the 26-year-old has already experienced some huge occasions. None, however, will have quite the same gravitas as his first test as England captain which begins against South Africa on Thursday. Root has promised that his England team will be aggressive and look to win every test match but the proof will be in the pudding when the number-two ranked test team in the world visit Lord’s.
It’s Irish Derby weekend at the Curragh but the quality racing is by no means limited to just the one race. One day after Wings Of Eagles’ attempt to double up his surprise win at Epsom Downs, the Curragh Cup takes place with a mouth-watering battle between Wicklow Brave and Frontiersman.
It’s safe to say that this year’s Epsom Derby didn’t exactly follow the script. The 10 previous renewals of the British Classic saw the winner come from the top three in the betting so it was a real shock to see Wings Of Eagles win at 40/1. In Derby terms that makes the Aidan O’Brien trained horse a rank outsider but just a few weeks on and Wings Of Eagles is the favourite for the Irish Derby. Will he go on to prove his class or does his favourite status simply provide better odds for the rest of the horses in the race?
The Rolex Series returns to the European Tour this week with the always popular Open de France. The increased prize money that the Rolex Series provides has helped guarantee a stellar field but the main draw is the chance to get familiarised with Le Golf National before it hosts the Ryder Cup next summer. With so many stars in attendance, we’re promise a quality tournament as everybody in golf starts gearing up for the Open.