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.

The 1993 Lions were the last of the amateur age and there was much drama and excitement to be found in their 2-1 Test series defeat to New Zealand.

Two series losses and 22 years had gone by since the historic 1971 Tour, where the Lions notched up what is still their only series victory on All Black soil.

But in this Tour they arguably came as close as any side before or since to repeating that feat, and, but for one penalty in the final minute of the first Test on this day in 1993, they would have done. Almost ten years to the day, since his first appearance against the All Blacks with the Lions, former Headingley back row Peter Winterbottom was in the side for that first test at Lancaster Park.

On this day in 2001, future Carnegie hooker Gordon Bulloch was a replacement against the Queensland President XV in Townsville in a game that saw Leeds-born Jason Robinson score five tries in an emphatic 83-6 win in the second game of the tour.