In 2005 the British and Irish Lions toured New Zealand for the first time since 1993; it was also the first time the team toured under the name British and Ireland Lions. The tour began with a warm up test match against Argentina at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The match was a draw with 25 points each.
Although the Lions were successful in 7 of their games, it was the first time that that Lions did not win a test match while on tour. On this tour the Lions also lost to the New Zealand Maori, which is a team composed of a players with Maori descent. Their most convincing win was against Manawatu where the Lions scored 71 unanswered points in the second half. It was the largest score that the Lions had ever defeated a team by in New Zealand.
In all three test matches the All Blacks defeated the Lions by convincing scores. The Lions lost their tour captain in the first test and during the second test; the Lions gave up the most points in the team’s history. The third test saw the Lions play better but in the end the All Blacks still prevailed. The tour results were:
Lions 25 vs. Argentina 25 Lions 34 vs. Bay of Plenty 20 Lions 36 vs. Taranaki 14 Lions 13 vs. NZ Maori 19 Lions 23 vs. Wellington 23 Lions 30 vs. Otago 19 Lions 26 vs. Southland 16 Lions 3 vs. New Zealand 21 Lions 109 vs. Manawatu 6 Lions 18 vs. New Zealand 48 Lions 17 vs. Auckland 13 Lions 19 vs. New Zealand 38
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Lions Rugby Tour 1977 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th test) I have these four covers which are now surplus to my collecting fields, so I will sell them if anyone is interested (or could even swap). They retail here (if you can find them) for $40, so call it US$18 the lot including international postage.
They are all the same standard DL envelope size although the scanned size came out different.
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