This retro Lions jersey was signed by Willie John McBride CBE in Cardiff on the 23rd February 2018.
McBride toured with the Lions five times from ’62 through to ’74; a record that gave him 17 Lions Test caps. He also captained the most successful ever Lions side, which toured South Africa in 1974. It was the first Lions series ever won in South Africa.
It was one of the most controversial and physical Test match series ever played. The management of the Lions concluded that the Springboks dominated their opponents with physical aggression, and so decided to match fire with fire. McBride instigated a policy of “one in, all in“: that is, when one Lion retaliated, all other Lions were expected to join in the melee.
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