Dr James Robson was the Lions team doctor and physio on six consecutive tours from 1993-2013 and he saved Will Greenwood’s life on the 1997 tour.
He’s chief medical officer with Scottish Rugby and worked on his 250th international during the 2021 Six Nations.
He is the man who saved Greenwood’s life when the young centre crashed onto the rock hard pitch in Bloemfontein on the 1997 British & Irish Lions Tour.
The anguish and concern felt by everyone was captured on the Living with Lions video which helped Greenwood understand what had happened after he was knocked out.
“I have no hesitation in repeating, with the information we got after that injury, that he saved my life,” said Greenwood, who went on to become a Rugby World Cup winner in a 55-cap England career.
That 1997 Tour, which saw the Lions defeat World Cup winners South Africa 2-1, was a mixture of tumultuous triumph and pain and remains Robson’s favourite rugby experience.
There was the joy of Jeremy Guscott’s series winning drop goal in Durban, the serious injury to Greenwood and also the desperate disappointment of losing Scotland lock Doddie Weir, whose knee ligaments were ruptured in a mid-week game.
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