Close sidebar

Quiz: How Many Of The 45 Members Of The 2005 Lions Squad Can You Name?

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 25: Brian O'Driscoll the Lions captain and team-mates face the All Blacks Haka during the first test match between New Zealand All Blacks and British and Irish Lions at the Jade Stadium on June 25, 2005 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The guessing game will finally stop on Wednesday morning when Lions tour manager John Spencer will announce the 37-man initial squad for this summer’s tour.

Twelve years ago, it was much easier to make the cut with 44 players chosen to travel to New Zealand while three further Englishmen were asked to prove their fitness before the trip.

Only one of that trio ended up playing.

Sir Clive Woodward, having led the Red Rose to the World Cup two years prior, was chosen as head coach. He was heavily criticised when the squad was announced due to the makeup of the group with 20 English players, 11 Irishmen, 10 Welshmen and three Scots selected despite the poor recent form of the World Cup winners. Wales also felt hard done by considering their grand slam win in ’05.

For the week that’s in it, we’ve been testing your Lions knowledge with quizzes on the 2013 and 2009 squads in the last few days. Today, we’re looking for Woodward’s touring party.

To be clear, we’re asking for the 44 that were chosen originally and the late addition.

Have a go below.

Head over to our Facebook page after and let your friends know how you did.

[gravityform id=”1″ title=”true” description=”true”]

Read More About: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team. If you would like to join the team, drop us an email at