BREAKING NEWS: Froome and Thomas left out of Team INEOS' Tour de France line-up

By Sports Desk August 19, 2020

Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have been left out of Team INEOS' line-up for the 2020 Tour de France, it has been announced.

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    Alun Wyn Jones has been named captain of the British and Irish Lions for their tour of South Africa, leading a 37-man squad.

    Warren Gatland announced his selection on Thursday ahead of the trip in July, which follows a warm-up against Japan next month.

    Wales great Jones has been chosen for the leadership role having featured in the past nine Lions Tests going back to 2009, the longest run in the professional era.

    Jones has already skippered the side once previously in the absence of the injured Sam Warburton in Australia eight years ago, clinching a first series win since 1997.

    Elsewhere in Gatland's squad, Ireland's former World Rugby Player of the Year Johnny Sexton misses out despite playing a key role on the 2017 trip to New Zealand.

    Billy Vunipola was also a notable absentee from the list, while other big calls saw Wales centre Jonathan Davies, England prop Kyle Sinckler and Ireland second row James Ryan excluded.

    However, Gatland did find room for Exeter Chiefs number eight Sam Simmonds, who has not played a Test for England since March 2018.

    "We believe we've picked a squad capable of winning a Test series in South Africa," Gatland - who opted for 11 Englishmen, 10 Welshmen and eight apiece from Ireland and Scotland - said following the squad announcement.

    "Selecting a Lions squad is never easy and, in many ways, this has been the most challenging selection I have been involved in.

    "Over the course of the last three weeks the coaches and I have rigorously debated each position.

    "We saw some outstanding performances in the recent Six Nations, so competition for places has been tough with some incredibly tight calls to make. 

    "However, we are very happy with the squad we have assembled and look forward to meeting up in Jersey in just over a month's time to start our preparation to take on the world champions.

    "We've left out some very talented players which gives an indication to the strength of this squad and we know how important that stand-by list will be.

    "Being selected for a Lions tour is the greatest honour for a British and Irish player and I congratulate everyone named today."

    The Lions will face the Springboks in Tests on July 24, July 31 and August 7.


    British and Irish Lions squad in full:

    Josh Adams (Cardiff, Wales), Bundee Aki (Connacht, Ireland), Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales), Elliot Daly (Saracens, England), Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales), Owen Farrell (Saracens, England), Chris Harris (Gloucester, Scotland), Robbie Henshaw (Leinster, Ireland), Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs, Scotland), Conor Murray (Munster, Ireland), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland), Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester, Wales), Finn Russell (Racing 92, Scotland), Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh, Scotland), Anthony Watson (Bath, England), Liam Williams (Scarlets, Wales); Tadhg Beirne (Munster, Ireland), Jack Conan (Leinster, Ireland), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland), Taulupe Faletau (Bath, Wales), Tadhg Furlong (Leinster, Ireland), Jamie George (Saracens, England), Iain Henderson (Ulster, Ireland), Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, England), Maro Itoje (Saracens, England), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales), Wyn Jones (Scarlets, Wales), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England), Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales), Andrew Porter (Leinster, Ireland), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England), Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh, Scotland), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys, Wales), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, England), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh, Scotland).

  • BREAKING NEWS: Alun Wyn Jones to captain Lions in South Africa BREAKING NEWS: Alun Wyn Jones to captain Lions in South Africa

    Alun Wyn Jones has been named captain of the British and Irish Lions for their tour of South Africa, leading a 36-man squad.

    Warren Gatland announced his selection on Thursday ahead of the trip in July, which follows a warm-up against Japan next month.

    Wales great Jones has been chosen as captain having featured in the past nine Lions Tests going back to 2009, the longest run in the professional era.

    Jones has already skippered the side once in the absence of the injured Sam Warburton in Australia eight years ago, clinching a first series win since 1997.

  • Mourinho to join Roma as head coach next season Mourinho to join Roma as head coach next season

    Jose Mourinho will join Roma as head coach for the 2021-22 season, the Serie A club have announced.

    The news came on the same day the club announced Paulo Fonseca would leave his position as coach at the end of the 2020-21 season.

    Mourinho was dismissed by Premier League side Tottenham on April 19 after a disappointing 17 months in charge.

    He said last week he would wait for a club with the "right culture" to resume his managerial career.

    The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss previously coached in Serie A with Inter between 2008 and 2010.

    He guided the Nerazzurri to two Scudettos and a Champions League triumph during his time at San Siro.

    "Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision," Mourinho told the club's official website.

    "After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for Roma. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years.

    "The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.

    "In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciate that I will only speak further in due course. Daje Roma!"

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