Category Archives: Lions

Flying Lions: Rory Underwood

Flying Lions: Rory Underwood

First of a series of biographies by David Smith, covering some of the British & Irish Lions who served with the RAF. Continue reading

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How the 1950 British and Irish Lions prepared for their trip to New Zealand

A Lions tour involves vast amounts of preparation and a numerous tactical discussions. Ahead of this year’s tour in New Zealand, let’s take a look at how things were done nearly seventy years ago.

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Remembering the first British and Irish Lions Tour

In 1888 a British touring team was sent to the antipodean colonies to play rugby; an event that subsequently became a key moment in rugby history, setting a precedent for years to come and beginning one of the great traditions of … Continue reading

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BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year

The BBC Sports Personality of the year award has been running since the mid-1950s. Originally devised by the British television executive Sir Paul Fox, the awards have evolved to honour not just individual talent from the UK but also team … Continue reading

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How close did Wales come to being the Leeks of international rugby?

The crest on the badge below is from the 1899 Anglo-Australia team although this name is slightly misleading as the team was in fact a British representative side that toured Australia and not the teams combined as the name suggests. … Continue reading

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Amateurism Gone Awry

This 1908 New Zealand Jersey came to the museum by way of Tom Smith, an Anglo-Welsh and Leicester Tigers player from the 1900s. The Museum recently bought his collection at auction and it gives a unique insight into one of … Continue reading

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Wallabies Feeling Blue

The museum has recently acquired a New South Wales (NSW) jersey that was collected by Tom Smith of Leicester during the 1908 Anglo-Welsh (British Lions) tour to Australia and New Zealand. The 1908 tourists played NSW 3 times, winning twice … Continue reading

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