The Telegraph has unveiled Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi as part of its punditry line up for the upcoming Lions tour of New Zealand.
The announcement comes as The Telegraph continues to bolster its squad ahead of planned extensive coverage of the Lions Tour; including Brian Moore’s Full Contact and Lions’ Reunion podcasts, a 12-page preview supplement, match-day programme specials, a dedicated hub on Telegraph.co.uk and bespoke Snapchat content.
Alphonsi is the most recognisable woman in rugby, a seven-time Six Nations champion and World Cup winner with 74 caps for England. She became the first female winner of the Pat Marshall Award from the Rugby Union Writers’ Club in its 50 year history in 2011.
Alphonsi is joined by All Black Graham Henry and former Wales prop Adam Jones. The trio join the Telegraph’s impressive roster of journalists and columnists for the Tour of New Zealand.
Maggie Alphonsi said, “I am delighted to be working with The Telegraph as a rugby columnist. It is a paper I have grown up reading and to now be joining their team of superb rugby writers is a real honour. As a Rugby World Cup winner, and a media commentator, I have a deep understanding of the game and a lot to say on the sport. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and unique insights with The Telegraph’s readers during the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.”
Sir Graham Henry commented, “I’m delighted to join the Telegraph and hopefully, through my experience of coaching both teams, add insight into most demanding tour in the history of the game. In rugby it does not get better than The British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks, the two most powerful rugby teams in the world, battling for rugby supremacy. I’m excited and stimulated by the prospect of writing about how each team handles the expectation and develops and perfects a game to achieve that supremacy.”
Adam Jones added, “I’m delighted that I will be sharing my knowledge and experience of what it takes to win a Lions Tour exclusively with Telegraph readers this summer. The Telegraph is a newspaper with great heritage in rugby and their writers and columnists hold huge respect amongst both fans and players.”
Henry, Alphonsi and Jones join a line up with immense first-hand experience of Lions tours, including four-time head coach Sir Ian McGeechan, former hooker Brian Moore, World Cup winner Will Greenwood, former utility back Austin Healey and record-holding former referee Jonathan Kaplan.
Each columnist’s wealth of coaching and playing experience will be complemented by the informed analysis of The Telegraph writers, including Sports Journalist of the Year, Paul Hayward, Mick Cleary and Gavin Mairs.
Adam Sills, Head of Sport at The Telegraph, said, “The Lions’ tour of New Zealand is the highlight of this summer’s sporting calendar and we will have every angle covered thanks to the most experienced line up of columnists and journalists in the industry. From Lions tour winning coaches and players, to World Cup winners, and three of the most respected sports journalists, The Telegraph is the place for the most insightful Lions commentary and analysis.”
Further details of The Telegraph’s extensive Lions coverage:
- Full Contact Podcast
- Lions Reunion Podcast – A look back at key Lions matches from tours in 1989, 1993 and 1997
- Lions Tour 12-page preview supplement – Out on 31st May
- Match Day programmes for first two matches – 8-page specials out on 23rd and 30th June
- Dedicated hub online at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/british-and-irish-lions//
- Regular content on The Telegraph App – available from iTunes Store Google Play
- Regular coverage in Sport pull-out
To find out more and start reading exclusive Telegraph content from the Lions Tour today, visit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/british-and-irish-lions//