Throughout the British & Irish Lions tour we will look back through our archives to recall those players from our own club’s history who have pulled on the famous red jersey down the years. Our connection to the Lions goes back as far as 1930 when Headingley duo of Sir Carl Aarvold and Tony Novis both toured New Zealand and Australia.

On this day in 1974, our Executive President and former Headingley star Sir Ian McGeechan lined up against South Africa in the first Test of the legendary tour at Newlands. It was McGeechan’s first Test appearances for the Lions having featured already in three games on the tour. The Lions recorded a 12-3 win thanks to a  try from Gareth Edwards and three penalties from Phil Bennett.

In 1993, former Roundhay hooker Brian Moore was on his second Lions tour, having previously toured to Australia. The Lions defeated Southland in Invercargill mainly thanks to the boot of Gavin Hastings as the sides shared two tries apiece.

In 2001, future Carnegie Head Coach Neil Back was in the starting line up against Western Australia in Perth. It was the first game of the tour and the tourists overwhelmed their amateur opponents with 18 tries as they racked up over a century of points at the WACA in a 116-10 victory.

Scott Quinnell and Dan Luger both scored hat-tricks as the tourists broke records for the overall score, the margin of victory and the number of tries scored by the Lions in a match. Back scored twice whilst future Tykes captain Iain Balshaw came off the bench to score twice as well.

In 2005, future Carnegie skipper Andy Titterell was making his first appearance on tour in a hard earned win against Taranaki at Yarrow Stadium. Titterell had been a surprise selection by Sir Clive Woodward for the tour but got his tour off to a winning start in this game as the Lions subdued a dogged Taranaki to ease away to an ultimately comfortable victory in the second match of their New Zealand tour.