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British and Irish Lions could be rebranded if Scotland gains independence

The British and Irish Lions may need to change their name. Credit: PA

The British and Irish Lions could be renamed 'The Lions' if Scotland votes in favour of independence during the September 18th referendum.

A spokesman for the team, represented by players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales confirmed on Friday the issue would be discussed at the next board meeting in October should Scotland leave the union.

Speaking to Telegraph Sport, England's representative on the board, John Spencer, confirmed:

"It has not yet been mentioned but if Scotland voted to become independent then the board would have discuss it at our next meeting.

"We would have to do so out of courtesy to the countries involved. That last thing we want to do is to cause offence to anyone."

Any rebrand is likely to take place before the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 2017.

England win Women's Rugby World Cup

England's women last won the Rugby World Cup in 1994. Credit: ITV News/Melissa Wright

England have won the Women's Rugby World Cup after beating Canada 21-9 in Paris.

It was England's fourth consecutive World Cup final, having lost all three previous finals to New Zealand, and their first triumph in the tournament for 20 years.


Former Miss Wales 'shocked and upset' over attack

Former Miss Wales and Beauty queen Sophia Cahill choked back tears as she told how Gough shoved her into the passenger door of his white VW campervan. She said she was "shocked and upset" after the attack, which happened when Gough arrived more than an hour late for a meeting at her home on the evening January 5 this year.

Sophia Cahill, former Miss Wales. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Giving evidence from behind a blue curtain, Miss Cahill had told the court: "I opened the passenger door and Ian just stormed around the front of the van. He had the front of my shoulder and he just flung me back."

Chairman of the bench Terry Carpenter told Croydon Magistrates Court the magistrates had found the evidence of Miss Cahill was "convincing" and backed up by Mr Bowers.

Rugby star Gough found guilty of assaulting ex-girlfriend

The Welsh international rugby star Ian Gough has been found guilty at Croydon Magistrates' Court of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill just weeks after she got engaged to pop star Dane Bowers.

Ian Gough. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Mike Tindall retires from rugby union

Mike Tindall has announced that he is retiring from professional rugby.

The 35-year-old has been in the sport for almost two decades. During his career he has played for Bath and Gloucester and helped England win the World Cup in 2003.

He announced the news on his Twitter feed.

Tindall is married to Zara Phillips who is 16th in line to the throne, the couple have a daughter called Mia Grace who was born in January.

England hero Jonny Wilkinson retires from rugby

The fly-half ended his glittering 17-year career at French side Toulon. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Former England rugby star Jonny Wilkinson has announced his retirement from the sport.

The 34-year-old confirmed in a statement he will hang up his boots at the end of the season.

Wilkinson most famously kicked the last-minute drop goal to seal England's World Cup victory against Australia in 2003.


O'Driscoll: 'I didn't want to take the Ireland shirt off'

After the thrilling 22-20 win against France in Paris that secured the Six Nations crown for Ireland, Brian O'Driscoll said he did not want to take his shirt off after the game because he knew when he did it would "be the last time".

O'Driscoll, whose international career has now ended, said: "I played on for one more year, hopeful to get a victory against the All Blacks - it didn't happen - and to win a Six Nations - and that did happen. You can't have it all, but you take the bits that you get."

He added: "Its been a fantastic Six Nations for us. I've enjoyed every second. It's an hour after the game and I don't want to take this jersey off yet, because I know when I take it off, that will be the last time.

"It will be weird if I start putting it on at home and start walking around in it. So I am kind of dragging it out a little bit."

Irish rugby team selfie celebrates 6 Nations win

The Irish rugby team celebrated their Six Nations win in true celeb style with a victory selfie with the trophy, taken by prop Cian Healy.

But England's players could only watch on from Rome, where they had earlier handsomely beaten Italy to take the championship down to the wire.

A thrilling 22-20 win for the Irish over France in Paris meant they claimed the title on points difference.

Ireland win Six Nations after Paris victory

Ireland have pipped England to the Six Nations title after a nailbiting 22-20 victory over France in Paris.

Ireland's Andrew Trimble dives in to score his side's second try during the Six Nations. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

After England's crushing victory over Italy at lunchtime, a French win in Paris would have seen Stuart Lancaster's men take the title.

But a pulsating game saw Ireland run in three tries to give a fitting send-off to iconic centre Brian O'Driscoll in his last ever international game.

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