Rugby news

More than 5,000 people turned out to watch the British & Irish Lions hold their first public training session in New Zealand earlier today. Selected pupils from local schools joined the Lions in handling and tackling exercises towards the end. Forty of the squad’s 45 players took part in the session, with Scottish forward Simon Taylor undergoing a private work out with Lions physio Stuart Barton. Taylor is on day 11 of a 12-day rehabilitation programme after injuring his hamstring in training before the pre-tour warm-up match against Argentina. Irish lock Malcolm O’Kelly, recovering from an abdominal strain, missed the public session but was expected to join a later, private, session. Gareth Thomas and Jason Robinson are still to arrive in New Zealand but Wales`s fly-half Stephen Jones has arrived in Auckland after completing his commitments with French club Clermont Auvergne.