The England players you may have forgotten were selected for the British and Irish Lions

In the professional era, there has been no shortage of Englishmen to have tasted glory wearing the quartered crest.

But there are also players from England who have gone more under the radar, who, for various reasons, failed to make a huge impact as a Lion.

1. John Bentley (1997)

Bentley made eight appearances for the Lions during their successful 1997 tour to South Africa, including caps in the second and third Tests.

Originally a union player, he made his England debut against Ireland in 1988 aged 21 and played on the summer tour against Australia.

He then switched codes, twice representing Great Britain at league, before returning to union in 1996 and helping Newcastle Falcons win their Premiership title in 1998.

Bentley is best remembered on the 1997 Tour for his magnificent solo try against Gauteng Lions and for his comedic stylings on the DVD Living With Lions. 

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