Here are the latest rugby headlines for Monday, August 2.
Sir Clive wants Louis Rees-Zammit in final Lions Test
Sir Clive Woodward has backed Louis Rees-Zammit to start the final Lions Test and believes Finn Russell or Marcus Smith should be involved.
The Welsh contingent should be heightened with Liam Williams coming in for Stuart Hogg and Josh Adams starting his first Test, too, he believes.
"It must be Finn Russell if fit or Marcus Smith at fly-half," he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
"And whichever of those two doesn’t start needs to be on the bench. I’m a huge Owen Farrell fan but he offered no threat off the bench on Saturday, he just continued in the same vein as Dan Biggar.
"Liam Williams, Louis Rees-Zammit, Josh Adams and Elliot Daly must all come into play. The theme must be extreme pace in everything the Lions do.
"I’m not sure there are any tight five forwards who demand selection over those who have started to date, though in the back row we possibly need fresh legs at flanker and the ball-playing skills of Taulupe Faletau."
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Jones: Players are aware Gatland will make changes and my failure with ref
Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones has said players are aware Warren Gatland will make changes for the decisive third Test, while he admitted his failure to enlist the referee's support in speeding up the game.
When asked what the spirit was like between the players after the second Test defeat in Cape Town, the second-row said: "There was a lot of eye contact and you could feel the fact that everyone is well aware that Gats will make changes.
"There will probably be an opportunity for some and I have a feeling that people want to put it right. I could definitely feel that.
“In the immediate, we have got to get up and stay together. It's still a squad effort. Gats is notorious for making changes and we go again.
“There has been a lot said about a wounded Springbok, but I think the Lions have taken a dent today and we need to put it right.”
A dreadful spectacle marred by repeated stoppages by officials to review incidents was hard viewing and each half lasted over an hour.
After South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus released an unprecedented hour-long video in the build-up critiquing the performance of the officials in the first Test, referee Ben O'Keeffe repeatedly consulted TMO Marius Jonker.
The incessant breaks aided the Springboks after their preparations were affected by an outbreak of coronavirus, while preventing the Lions from injecting any pace into the game.
"We obviously talked about tempo, it's what we saw last week, and we tried to do that. But we weren't able to do it.
"That's because of the Springboks' game management. Ultimately we go when the whistle's on.
"A lot has been said in the week about speaking to the man in the middle so I tried to be as respectful as I could to try and get that tempo in the game, but I obviously failed at that."
Jones insists it was the Lions' failings rather than South Africa's response following their defeat in the first Test that led to their downfall.
"From the the outside it probably looked like a backlash, but from where I'm sitting here we didn't help ourselves," Jones said.
"We were well aware of what they were going to improve on. They probably did to us what we wanted to do to them. They tried to do it last week, they probably just did it better and we saw more of it."
Springboks receive boost with Vermeulen return
South Africa have received a boost after welcoming No. 8 Duane Vermeulen to their squad after missing the opening two Tests against the Lions due to an ankle injury.
Vermeulen, who reported for duty briefly at the team’s training camp in Bloemfontein in June, has been undergoing rehabilitation following surgery several weeks ago.
However, his steady progress proved to be sufficient for Vermeulen to be called up to the squad ahead of a decisive third Test.
“Duane will join us on Sunday and will be medically assessed as soon as possible,” said Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber.
“We will never risk a player who is not 100% fit but he brings experience to the squad and it will be great to have him with us.”
The news comes as a boost to the Springboks, with Vermeulen the defensive leader in the side's World Cup win two years ago.
Nienaber also added that the 'Boks will know more about Pieter-Steph du Toit’s injury on Monday.
The Boks also called up scrum-half Jaden Hendrikse as cover on Sunday evening.
Dawson: Lions crying out for creativity
Matt Dawson believes the British and Irish Lions are now the underdogs heading into the decisive final test, and Warren Gatland may well have to be bold in his selection for Saturday's showdown.
Writing in his latest BBC column, Dawson says the Lions have placed too much emphasis on physicality rather than creativity.
The selection of Liam Williams is one option proposed by the former Lions and England star, as too is the preference of Ali Price at scrum-half for the series decider.
"I would not be surprised if Gatland makes some selection calls for the deciding Test which we did not see coming," Dawson said.
"He may have to roll the dice. He knows the mentality of the players who can win the game - and he has got to find them pretty quick.
"Gatland may return to those he knows well from his time as Wales coach like Liam Williams.
"I do not think they can go into that Test match with a gameplan of just kicking the ball and hoping they pick up the scraps.
"When they get battered in the air that is risky so maybe scrum-half Ali Price should come back in for Conor Murray.
"An obvious choice is putting Owen Farrell at 12. He has not played a lot of rugby with Saracens being in the Championship last season and he has not been on top form but he is a Test match animal.
"I also think wing Josh Adams has got to come in because he can deliver on the big stage.
"The Lions have been so hell-bent on physicality, which they have delivered, but they are not getting the balance right with creativity."
Kyle Sinckler could face lengthy ban for biting allegation
Kyle Sinckler could be facing a lengthy ban after he was cited for alleged biting in the British and Irish Lions' second Test defeat by South Africa on Saturday.
The incident is alleged to have taken place during a ruck in the 64th minute of the 27-9 loss at Cape Town Stadium.
Sinckler, who has a chequered disciplinary record, will be hit with a minimum 12-week ban if the citing is upheld by Tuesday's disciplinary hearing. It rises to in-excess of 24 weeks for severe offences. The maximum length of suspension is 208 weeks.
Remarkably, no other player has been cited from a fractious clash despite numerous flashpoints, which you can read more about here.
Kate Middleton to take on role of RFU patron
Kate Middleton is set to take on honorary roles as patron of England Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Rugby Football League (RFL) following Prince Harry stepping down as a senior, working member of the Royal family.
Prince Harry was stripped of his royal patronages by the Queen back in February after announcing that he, along with his wife Meghan Markle, would stepping away from their royal duties.
According to The Times, the patronages are set to be announced before the rugby league World Cup in October.
Kate already serves as royal patron of the All England Lawn and Tennis Croquet Club, the Lawn Tennis Association, SportsAid and the 1851 Marine Trust, an organisation which aims to inspire and educate young people through sport.