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British Lions players train at Eastbourne before leaving for the 1971 tour of New Zealand

British Lions players train at Eastbourne before leaving for the 1971 tour of New Zealand


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British Lions players train at Eastbourne before leaving for the 1971 tour of New Zealand

Rugby Union - 1971 British Lions Tour to New Zealand - Pre-departure training session
Lions players train at Eastbourne. Left to right: Mike Roberts (Wales), Gordon Brown (Scotland), John Pullin (England), Sandy Carmichael (Scotland), John Taylor (Wales), Mike Hipwell (Ireland), Peter Dixon (England)

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In this photo print, we are transported back to the year 1971, where the British Lions rugby players are captured in a pre-departure training session at Eastbourne. The image showcases a group of determined athletes who are about to embark on an unforgettable journey - the highly anticipated British Lions Tour to New Zealand. The composition beautifully captures the essence of camaraderie and teamwork as these remarkable players stand side by side. From left to right, we see Mike Roberts from Wales, Gordon Brown from Scotland, John Pullin representing England, Sandy Carmichael also hailing from Scotland, John Taylor proudly wearing his Welsh colors, Mike Hipwell representing Ireland with pride, and finally Peter Dixon donning his English jersey. Their focused expressions reveal their dedication and determination as they prepare themselves physically and mentally for the challenges that lie ahead. Each player brings their unique skills and talents to this legendary team that is set to face formidable opponents in New Zealand. This photograph serves as a powerful reminder of the rich history and tradition associated with British Lions rugby. It encapsulates not only the spirit of competition but also highlights how sport has the ability to bring together individuals from different nations under one common goal. Colorsport Images has once again immortalized an iconic moment in sporting history through Colin Elsey's lens. This print stands as a testament to the legacy of these extraordinary athletes who represented their countries with honor during this historic tour.

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