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Watch: A Reminder Of Just How Much Of A Disaster The 2005 Lions Tour Was

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 02: British and Irish Lions Ryan Jones sits dejected at conclusion of their 2nd rugby union match played agaiinst the All Blacks at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, July 2nd, 2005. The All Blacks won 4818. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

With just over 100 days until the beginning of the 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand it seems like an appropriate time to look back at the tour of 2005.

When the Lions toured New Zealand that year, the expectancy from the British and Irish fans was high. With a large percentage of the squad made up of experienced Six Nations winners, grand slam champions and World Cup winners, the level of anticipation was well founded.

Oh, we were so wrong.

The tour was a catastrophe. The first in New Zealand since 1993, seven matches were played against divisional teams, one match against the Maori All Blacks and three test matches played against the All Blacks.

It is a sad note that the obituary for the tour could have been written before the final test of the tour was even played. Perhaps it could have been written minutes into the first test when Brian O’Driscoll was carted off the field.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 25: Brian O'Driscoll, the Lions captain, lies injured 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 supposed finest team to leave the British Isles on tour turned out to be a disparate group of stars who were over the hill and on the way out.

The delusions of grandeur were poured onto the squad by their coach Sir Clive Woodward. Lavish words were spoken of the touring squad with little output on the pitch.

This year could well offer up the same outcome. A team made up of confident Englishmen, who have won a record number of games in a row, a coach who has to instil a sense of belief in his team even though they are playing the most dominant side in recent rugby history.

Dan Higgins, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.