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BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 2005 

OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE

A 114 page guide, smaller than A4 size, full colour throughout. 

  • Welcome messages from chief exec, management & sponsors, prime minister of NZ, mayors of test venue cities, All Black legends, Meads, Williams & Fox
  • article - Clive Woodward, chasing the ultimate goal - by Mick Cleary of The Daily Telegraph
  • article - "Beaumont the Boss"
  • A Fans Eye View, article by Paul Waite
  • "Winning with the Lions", Angus Morrison profiles Ian McGeechan
  • "Life on the other side" Graham Henry article
  • Profiles of the All Blacks danger men and the provinces
  • Articles on the back room staff, profiles of the Lions management team
  • Profile of Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll  
  • Individual player profiles & pictures, 
  • Tour itinerary
  • Colin Meads on the Lions
  • Article "The Forgotten Tours" by Brendan Gallagher of The Daily Telegraph, the story of the Lions in Argentina 1910, 1927 & 1936.
  • Rough Guide to New Zealand
  • Statistical analysis of test matches played by the Lions in NZ
  • Bleddyn Williams on the 1950 tour of NZ
  • Syd Millar on the 1959 tour of NZ
  • Stewart Wilson on the 1966 tour of NZ
  • Mervyn Davies & David Duckham on the 1971 tour of NZ
  • Peter Wheeler on the 1977 tour of NZ
  • Ciaran Fizgerald on the 1983 tour of NZ
  • Gavin Hastings on the 1993 tour of NZ
  • A fantastic easy reckoning Lions Who's Who giving you the full run down on Lions players from day one to 2001. 

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Argentina

A 16 page programme, smaller than A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages from management & sponsors.

  • Words of the new Lions anthem

  • Lions squad individual photos & statistics

  • Team line-ups

  • Argentina squad individual photos & statistics

  • Safety information & advertisements

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Bay of Plenty

A 58 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, Bay of Plenty player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Duncan Johnstone & Stephen Jones, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !

  • article - 'Jonny's (Wilkinson) back and ready to go

  • Profile - Vern Cotter the BoP coach

  • Bay of Plenty focus by Jamie Troughton, Bay of Plenty Times

  • article on the battle for the Lions test front row

  • Wayne Ormond, BoP, profile

  • history of BoP against the Lions

  • Dame Susan Devoy, the squash player's dream team of ABs

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Taranaki

A 58 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, Taranaki player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Marc Hinton & Chris Hewett, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !

  • O'Driscoll accepts weru (Maori greeting)

  • Kieran Crowley's (Taranaki coach) task ahead.

  • Profile of Gordon Slater the veteran Taranaki prop.

  • Profile of Ian McGeechan

  • "Man of the Land" - Taranaki hooker Andrew Hore

  • Making their Mark - history of Taranaki against the Lions by Lindsay Knight

  • Marc 'Bull' Allen's dream team of ABs

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NZ Maori

A 58 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, NZ Maori player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Robin Brooke & Paul Ackford, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !

  • Maoris chances with Jono Gibbs, NZM skipper

  • profile Rico Gear, NZ Maoris

  • profile Shane Williams

  • profile Corey Flynn

  • A Grand Tradition - history of Maoris against the Lions by Lindsay Knight

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Wellington

A 58 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, Wellington player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Chris Laidlaw & Peter Jackson, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !

  • Ma'a Nonu lines up against the Lions

  • profile of Jimmy Gopperth, Wellington

  • profile of Lion Andrew Sheridan

  • profile of Wellington coach John Plumtree

  • "When Lions Roared" - history of Wellington against the Lions by Lindsay Knight

  • Keith Quinn's dream team

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Otago

A 58 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, Otago player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Duncan Johnstone & Mick Cleary, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !
  • Otago's chances by Marc Hinton
  • profile - Jamie Joseph, Otago
  • profile of Lion Gordon D'Arcy
  • article on Lions second rows "Leaping Lions" by Chris Hewett
  • "Great Men of the South" - history of Otago against the Lions by Lindsay Knight

  • Ian Smith's Dream team 

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Southland

A 58 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, Southland player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Marc Hinton & Steve Bale, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !
  • Southland's chances by Duncan Johnstone
  • profile Southland No 8 Paul Miller
  • Will Greenwood profile
  • profile Southland's Clarke Dermody
  • "Standing Tall" - history of Southland against the Lions by Lindsay Knight
  • My Dream Team by Tim Shadbolt, Mayor of Invercargill

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1st Test

A 98 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, All Black player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Jim Kayes & Greg Growden, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !
  • 1st test preview by Marc Hinton
  • Interview with Gareth Edwards & Ian Kirkpatrick reviewing the 1971 tour
  • profile Jonny Wilkinson by David Hands
  • profile of All Black tighthead Carl Hayman
  • "May the Tours Continue" - article by Bob Schumacher
  • Interview with Steve Hansen
  • profile Ali Williams
  • "Jokers in the pack", Chris Jones looks at the lighter side of the Lions players
  • Stand In Black campaign
  • Statistical review of All Blacks v Lions
  • Brian McKechnie's dream team
  • "The Lions' Graveyard" -history of All Blacks v Lions at Christchurch
  • Battle of the coaches - Marc Hinton

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Manawatu

A 58 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, Manawatu player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Marc Hinton & Robert Kitson, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !
  • Manawatu's chances by Duncan Johnstone
  • article - "Return to Glory" Manawatu's new beginning by Brent Edwards
  • profile Manawatu's Nathan Kemp 
  •  profile of Lion Matt Stevens
  • profile Manawatu
  • "A record of fire " - history of Manawatu against the Lions by Lindsay Knight
  • My Dream Team by Michael Laws, Mayor of Invercargill

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2nd Test

A 98 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, All Black player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Wynne Gray, Paul Ackford & Mark Keohane, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !
  • 2nd test preview by Marc Hinton
  • Interview with Bill Beaumont & Andy Haden reviewing the 1977 tour
  • review of the 1st test - can Lions bounce back
  • "Stop McCaw" article by Nick Cain on the battle of the breakdown
  • profile of All Black Leon MacDonald
  • profile Otago lock James Ryan
  • Jim Kayes on the Wellington All Black contingient
  • profile Eddie O'Sullivan
  • Anna Rowberry, captain Silver Ferns dream team
  • "Happy Hunting Ground" -history of All Blacks v Lions at Wellington
  • Graham Henry's sides - Duncan Johnstone

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Auckland

A 74 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, Auckland player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Duncan Johnstone & Chris Jones, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !
  • Auckland's chances and the undefeated midweek tea, by Marc Hinton
  • profile Auckland's Tasesa Lavea 
  •  profile Martin Corry
  • profile Auckland's Steve Devine
  • profile former Auckland star Michael 'Iceman' Jones
  • profile of the touring Scots
  • profile Angus MacDonald
  • "Lions Tamers" - history of Auckland against the Lions by Lindsay Knight
  • My Dream Team by NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis

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3rd Test

A 98 page programme, A4 in size, contents include:

  • Welcome messages, tour update, All Black player profiles & photos, Lions players profiles & photos, Comments by Jim Kayes, Paul Ackford & Greg Growden, tales by Phil Gifford - stats by Geoff Miller, quiz time !
  • 3rd test preview by Marc Hinton
  • Interview with Ian Jones, former All Black & Steve Jones, Sunday Times on the ups and downs of the 2005 tour
  • review of the 3rd test by Peter Jackson
  • match by match review of the tour
  • profile of All Black Justin Marshall
  • profile of Dan Carter, All Blacks match winner
  • Steve Bales reviews the role of the Welsh on tour
  • Ken Rutherford, former Black Cap cricket captain's Dream Team
  • "Our Garden of Eden" -history of All Blacks v Lions at Auckland by Lindsay Knight
  • Marc Hinton pays tribute to the fans of the British and Irish Lions

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