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Dwyer in attack on Lions

Former Australia coach Bob Dwyer has launched a withering attack on the British and Irish Lions, including accusations of cheating.

Dwyer's outburst comes just seven days before Australia and the Lions clash in an eagerly-awaited three-Test series, with the opening game in Brisbane next Saturday. Dwyer's comments were originally reported in The Australian newspaper.

"We have a great game and there is massive scope for playing attractive rugby," he said. "It's not supposed to be a contest to see who can cheat the best. It's who can play the best. You don't have to be smart to cheat. You just have to be a cheat."

Dwyer, who coached Australia to 1991 World Cup glory, targeted alleged illegal Lions scrummaging, props binding illegally and kick-offs being screened to protect the catcher.

He also took a swipe at Lions head coach Warren Gatland, adding: "After having seen the Lions in action on tour, it doesn't come as any surprise they are coached by a New Zealander. Because they play outside the laws of the game, as every New Zealand side does."

The unbeaten Lions continue their Australia tour when they face New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney.

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