29 May 2009
Thirty-five years after the incredible 1974 tour, The Lions return to South Africa tomorrow (30th May) to start their latest campaign. The ’74 tour was famous for many reasons; Willie John McBride’s captaincy ensured a complete set of ‘zeros’ in the loss column and the legendary ’99 call’ meant the tourists gave as good as they got against the notoriously ‘robust’ South Africans.
‘I said I would give a call: '999' for emergencies. Of course, that was too long and by the time I got to the second nine, everyone was getting stuck in, so '99' it became.’ – Willie John McBride, 1974 Lions captain
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Left: Willie John McBride, 1974 Tour of South Africa
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