In May 2005, Clive Woodward’s British & Irish Lions took on Argentina at the Millennium Stadium ahead of the disastrous tour against the All Blacks.
It was a rare warm-up match played on home soil – an event to kick off a tour like no other in New Zealand.
What unfolded was later described as “a bit of a wake-up call” as a thoroughly depleted Pumas side took their much-vaunted hosts to the brink of chastening defeat with the game ending 25-25. This game was later granted test status by the IRB. I
DID YOU KNOW? Sir Clive Woodward commissioned the Lions to have their own anthem and it was written by Neil Myers. It was first performed live by Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins before the British & Irish Lions rugby union match against Argentina.
Here we look at five players you may have forgotten played in that rather unmemorable Lions team.
#1. Ollie Smith (England)
- Position Centre
The definition of a bolter, the Leicester centre had only started one Test for England and that had came two years prior to the tour. Scored the home side’s solitary try in the game, but he never played international rugby again after that summer.