The British and Irish Lions arrived back home yesterday after drawing with the World Champions on their own turf – something that many didn’t think possible when they set out. I know – I was one of them!
They struck a huge blow for the Northern hemisphere, although no doubt the All Blacks will be keen to show why they remain the best team on the planet when they arrive for the Autumn Internationals
When the Lions returned from the tour in 1971, Terry and I were at Heathrow amongst the crowds to cheer their achievement. We went there with Bob and Bren in a crowd that Gareth Edwards described as the biggest homecoming welcome since the Beatles came back from the States.
Proof that we were there was captured in a photo in the Times ES (rather surprisingly I’m only in the pic on the left!)
Ian McGeechan describes friendships formed on a Lions tour as lasting a lifetime.
Of course they may well be put aside for 80 minutes when the 6 Nations kicks off next year