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Stuart Barnes blasts ‘no presence’ Tom Curry despite rave reviews

Despite earning rave reviews from most of the media, controversial pundit Stuart Barnes has criticised the performance of Tom Curry last night.

Writing after the 17-13 loss to an international-strength South Africa A team on Wednesday evening, Barnes was super critical of the the England flanker.

“Curry is under pressure,” wrote Barnes in his column for The Times.

“In the first half he had no presence at the breakdown, was not used at the lineout and lost the ball in the tackle.

“Hamish Watson has made a mighty start to the tour and may have the advantage by not playing last night.

“When the Lions managed front-foot ball early in the second half, Curry began to look the player England think he is.”

Lions injury update: Dan Biggar, Liam Williams, Finn Russell…

#1. Dan Biggar (Ankle sprain)

The walking wounded Wales fly-half, who has been nursing a minor knee problem the entire tour, was ruled out of the game against South Africa A with a ‘minor’ ankle sprain.

“Dan’s got a minor ankle sprain which is not worth risking, so Owen comes in at 10,” said The British & Irish Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland. He did not confirm whether Biggar would be available this weekend.

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