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“Very unpopular with a farmer” – 5 funniest Lions tour stories

#3. Brilliant excuse

The British Lions were given a fearful runaround by the Orange Free State outside half during a particularly traumatic 1980 tour match. In the end, Lions centre Ray Gravell could stand no more.

As the South African danger man made yet another break, the Welsh tough guy hit him with a fearful tackle long after he had parted with the ball. The referee angrily called the Llanelli star over and proceeded to dish out the severest of reprimands. ‘’That was the latest tackle I’ve ever seen!’’ he stormed.

Replied wisecracking Gravell: ‘’Sorry ref, I got there as quickly as I could.’’


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