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On This Day

2005

Clive Woodward’s ill-fated British and Irish Lions tour got underway as the squad met for the first time outside Cardiff.

“This is the day it has all become real,” said Woodward. “I am determined we leave no stone unturned in our preparations and this is the first opportunity for me to sit down with the players to discuss that. I am very impressed by them. They are totally up for it, focused and committed to doing the best possible for their clubs, countries and the Lions. I want this Tour to be different from any other with each player enjoying the experience, acting as an ambassador for their country as well as focussing on winning.”

It certainly was different, but not as planned. The squad, which ballooned to over 50 players, was subjected to a tour that rapidly became a PR nightmare and they were humbled 3-0 by the All Blacks in the Test matches.

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