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 1971, the Headingley duo of Chris Rea and John Spencer lined up together for the Lions in New Zealand to take on S/Mid Canterbury/North Otago at Fraser Park.

Scottish centre Rea made ten appearances on the 1971 Lions Tour to New Zealand and scored three tries including one in this game as the Lions ran out 25-6 winners.

John Spencer’s involvement with the Lions now stands at 45 years as having been part of the last squad to win a series in New Zealand in 1971, he was named the Tour Manager for the 2017 Tour.

The Yorkshireman won 14 England caps between 1969 and 1971, captaining his country on four occasions.

During that historic Tour to New Zealand in 1971, the centre scored four tries in ten matches overall.