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No team, let alone a British & Irish Lions team, was better prepared for a tour of New Zealand at the time of the 1971 visit.

Lions Flashback: 1977

International rugby started to change in the mid-1960s, tours that had been a decade apart, started to occur within a few years of each other and familiarity started to breed some contempt by the time the visit of the 1977 British & Irish Lions occurred.
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The Lions Form XV - Round Five

Kieran Read is yet to pull on a rugby jersey this year but he’s confirmed, if he’s fit, to captain the All Blacks against the British & Irish Lions in June.
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Lions Flashback: 1983

If the 4-0 clean sweep inflicted on the 1966 British & Irish Lions by the All Blacks was regarded as the template for what not to do on a tour, someone forgot to reflect on the earlier exercise in 1983.
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The Lions Form XV – Round Four

Timing, in life as in sport, is everything and for Jonathan Joseph that’s never been truer.
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