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Gatland set to be named British and Irish Lions boss again

Warren Gatland is expected to be unveiled as head coach for the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour later today.

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The 52-year-old Kiwi is poised to fill the post for a second time after masterminding the 2-1 series victory over Australia three years ago, with confirmation of his appointment due at a press conference in Edinburgh later this morning.

Gatland has the sabbatical required by the Lions written into his Wales contract and, accompanied by tour manager John Spencer, is expected to depart for New Zealand on Thursday.

Great Britain see rugby sevens gold medal hopes dashed by New Zealand

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Wales' Jasmine Joyce and her GB team mates saw their gold medal hopes in the women's rugby sevens tournament dashed by a rampant New Zealand at Deodoro Stadium.

The New Zealanders' star player Portia Woodman led the way with a hat-trick of tries as semi-final opponents Britain were sunk 25-7.

The team will now play Canada in the bronze medal match later on Monday.

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Gatland: Wales must cut out errors to beat New Zealand

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Warren Gatland believes the mistakes that have cost Wales so dearly in the first two Tests against world champions New Zealand can be easily rectified in Dunedin this weekend for the final game of the series.

Wales conceded three tries and 21 points in the final 15 minutes in Auckland and then shipped four tries and 26 points in 15 minutes in Wellington as they lost the series. But as well as conceding 10 tries over the two games to date, they have also scored five of their own.

Head coach Gatland wants his players to make one final push in a bid to end a run of 28 consecutive defeats against New Zealand over the past 63 years.

It's all about staying in the match. In both games to date we have seemed to switch off for five or 10 minutes and that has been hugely costly for us.

Those 10 minutes last weekend in Wellington when they scored three tries were very costly. The players have been hard on themselves and been pretty honest in identifying where we let ourselves down with mistakes.

Last Saturday the guys felt pretty good at half-time at 10-10, but about 10 minutes later New Zealand were scoring three tries. So, from a starting point of view, there are some real positives, but we must stop shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to make sure we are accurate all game

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach

Jenkins, Davies and Turnbull fly home from New Zealand

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Gethin Jenkins and Bradley Davies have been ruled out of Wales' third Test against New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday.

The two players have flown home with Josh Turnbull after both picking up injuries in the 36-22 second Test defeat against the All Blacks last weekend.

Turnbull suffered his problem in last week's loss to the Chiefs. Loosehead prop Jenkins suffered a calf injury in the warm-up in Wellington but played the majority of the game.

Lock Davies suffered a knee injury after coming on as a second-half replacement for Luke Charteris. Wales name their team for the third Test on Thursday morning.

Roberts hopes to be passed fit for third test

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Wales centre Jamie Roberts is hoping he will complete his return-to-play protocols in time to line-up against New Zealand in Saturday's third Test in Dunedin.

The Harlequins star was hurt in a clash of heads with opposite number Malakai Fekitoa 30 seconds into the second Test defeat in Wellington on Saturday.

Both players were cut, but Roberts managed to play on to the 78th minute while Fekitoa was replaced at the start of the second half. Roberts could earn his 83rd Welsh cap at the weekend,

I had a few stitches. It was a nasty knock but I'm feeling alright. My head has taken quite a few knocks over the past decade.

I got to know Fekitoa quite well 30 seconds into the game and the rest of the game is a bit of a blur. I remember having a clash of heads with Ireland lock Donncha O'Callaghan in Wellington in the World Cup quarter-final in 2011. My head is a weird shape now.

There is a protocol to follow after a head knock and I am doing that this week. Fingers crossed I will be alright for selection."

– Jamie Roberts, Wales centre
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