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The 1971 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand has gone down in history as one of the greatest of all time.

When the enigmatic Carwyn James was appointed as coach, he faced a gruelling schedule: two matches against powerful provincial sides in Australia packed with Test players, then a hop across the Tasman Sea for a twenty-four-match slog around New Zealand, which would include a four-Test series against the All Blacks, the best side on the planet.

No Lions team had ever defeated the All Blacks in a Test series. Since 1904, six Lions sides had travelled to New Zealand and all had returned home with their tails between their legs. But in 1971 a tour party led by John Dawes set out to carve their names into the annals of the sport with their assault on the great bastion of world rugby.

Lying in wait were team after team of hardened rugby warriors and an All Blacks side filled with legends of the game. But as the Lions began to sweep their way across the length and breadth of the country, displaying ferocity and magic in equal measure, it became clear that a Test series of epic proportions was set to unfold.

When Lions Roared delves into the very heart of that famous summer as Lions, All Blacks and provincial players recount their memories to bring to life one of the most celebrated tours in rugby history - one that changed the game forever and continues to resonate powerfully to this day.

'Brilliantly written - evocative, powerful and utterly gripping' --Rugby World'Outstanding . . . On all sort of levels, it is a compelling read. The quality of the Lions backs, the coaching intelligence of Carwyn James, the shrewd management of Doug Smith, the growing Kiwi horror at what was unfolding: all of it feels strangely fresh, partly because it is so well told and partly because so much fascinating detail has lain untouched for ages' --Robert Kitson, Guardian

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  • By Mr Lee Rudd on 31 May 2017

    An epic tale of travel, drinking, team working, drinking, skullduggery and some pretty good rugby make for an interesting telling of the Lions tour in 1971, when the All Blacks were defeated in a series at home for the first time.So many larger than life characters on the field, all held together by their mercurial coach Carwyn James. One of those unlikely-to-repeated tours of yesteryear.

  • By Lawrence D. Freitas on 25 August 2017

    An excellent story of the 1971 Lions tour to the Antipodes. I enjoyed reading the players accounts of the matches, but also their look back to training sessions, discussions between various players and tour management, what the players thought of their own team mates and those of New Zealand and its provincial sides, and in particular the positive outlook of just about every player toward their coach, the late Carwyn James; all but one mentioned that he was a great coach and motivator, and that whatever his players might have thought or guessed about his personal life, it didn't matter to them at that time in history. A very informative read, and it took me just a few days to read all of it, as I had a very difficult time in putting it down for any length of time. It really brings back the days of amateur rugby union when there were long tours that went on for several months, with players having to take time off from work, school, or other responsibilities, mostly at their own personal financial cost. Unfortunately those days are long gone now.

  • By John Wilesmith on 18 July 2017

    This was the first Lions tour that I was made aware of - listening to the broadcasts on the radio in the middle of the night. Having met numerous Lions from the tour over the years, this book provides the perfect backdrop to rugby at that time with some great analysis - worthy of the great Terry McLean! Also provides insight into some of the grittier problems of keeping everyone happy on a tour of such length. The book sets the scene beautifully and the realisation of winning the series is just as great as it was remarkable!

  • By Roberto Rabaiotti on 13 June 2017

    A fabulous book, couldn't put it down. Anecdotes, insight and commentary from and about some the most iconic players ever, Barry John, Gareth, Willie-John, JPR, Meads, Lachore, the list is endless. Fun, poignancy, emotion, camaraderie, violence, it's all there - rugby even! Highly recommended.

  • By mike on 19 July 2017

    excellent book

  • By JohnKFox on 15 August 2017

    Excellent! The tour that got so many of my age INTO rugby and the Lions!


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