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 2005, future Carnegie Head Coach Neil Back was on his third and final Lions tour in New Zealand. The Lions had lost to the New Zealand Maori in their previous match however Sir Clive Woodward’s side put their New Zealand tour back on track with a patchy victory over Wellington.The Lions dominated the first half but had to settle for a 13-6 interval lead via two Jonny Wilkinson penalties and a converted Gethin Jenkins try.

Wilkinson, playing in his first game of the tour, kicked a third penalty on the resumption before moving to centre, Stephen Jones taking over at fly-half. And Gareth Thomas sealed victory near the end when he touched down his own kick ahead, Wilkinson converting.

Also in the back row alongside Back was former Leeds forward Simon Easterby. Easterby originally joined Leeds from Harrogate in the early days of Phil Davies’ time at the club before moving to Wales to join the Scarlets. He was called up for the 2005 Lions tour as a replacement for Lawrence Dallaglio after he was injured.