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 1993, the Lions, with Brian Moore and Peter Winterbottom, were in New Zealand taking on Auckland at Eden Park. The home side caused a major upset when they won 23-18. The Lions had Ieuan Evans to thank for a try. However, it was not enough to beat an Auckland side for whom Grant Fox kicked six penalties and John Kirwan touched down.

In 2001, future Leeds hooker Gordon Bulloch was a replacement for the Lions in their clash with Australia A at Gosford. It was another shock tour loss with Australia A defeating the Lions for the first time on that tour.

The Lions expected to receive their toughest test of the tour to that point and Australia A did not disappoint. In a match described as the unofficial fourth Test the Lions slipped to their first defeat against a side who, on the balance of play, deserved to walk off victorious.