1993 Lions tour



  • Someone has posted highlights of the entire 1993 Lions tour on youtube. Including all the provincial matches.

    I think this might have been posted on TSF a couple of years ago but its worthy of its own thread. Particularly as it seems the Sky pop up channel only has rights to the 2005 tour

    The VHS rip quality improves after the first few minutes



  • Special memory for me as first every road trip to the final test with my Dad as one of the boys ... few beers in the car, and probably about 5,000 mentions of the word "fuck".

    A coming-of-age moment.



  • @Duluth Thanks for posting that, some great footage. A few stand out things, Ieuen Evans was on fire in that series, how many bombs did Gavin Hastings drop? And Zinzan Brooke had an even bigger melon than I remembered.



  • The third test was my first ever test. Awesome first.



  • Cheers @Duluth for the clips

    Forgotten how Foxy dug us out of that BIG hole in Chch

    Made me think of all the close losses the Lions have had at all 3 countries (Sth Africa games spring to mind too).

    Getting ahead of things but I can see the next Lions to SA being a bit of a changing of the guard type scenario.

    Pretty strong Lions side in 93



  • Nice, I think I've still got those videos somewhere in storage back home.

    That Magpies v Lions game was awesome. I went to the 83 one as well and we sucked, so it was awesome to see Hewitt and co kick their butts.

    What's funny is the minimal focus on Richards stomping on Bunce. If that was today there would be a lot more focus on it, TBF if it was the other way around the NH press would have turned it into the evilist act of 1993.



  • Coached AND captained by Scotsmen. Sigh, those were the days.

    I remember they came to train at my school. Martin Bayfield had to duck some low flying aircraft.



  • @Catogrande said in 1993 Lions tour:

    A few stand out things...

    British Lions 1993 Tour Part 1

    Vs. NZ Maori

    15:50 - or thereabouts...

    Maori winger #11 Allen Prince sprints down touchline giving a hospitable in-your-face middle-finger to the Lions cover defence on his way to scoring a try.

    What stands out to me is comms never mentioned, a stand-out again 'cos we were probly using two fingers back then before kiwi culture became more absorbed by American/Hollywood influence. Prince was surfing a New Wave.

    I reckon if Prince had tried to do the same today talk-radio & social media would blow up and he would have been subjected to heaps of tsk-tsk scrutiny (see Nepia's comment above re: Dean Richards stomping Frank Bunce's ear off) and have to do the tail between legs apology tour on tv.



  • @Nepia said in 1993 Lions tour:

    Nice, I think I've still got those videos somewhere in storage back home.

    That Magpies v Lions game was awesome. I went to the 83 one as well and we sucked, so it was awesome to see Hewitt and co kick their butts.

    Same for me with Waikato. Thrashed in 1983 (Ollie Campbell got a bucketload of points) but returned the favour in spades in 1993. That midweek Lions team played like they didn't want to be there for the last provincial game, except for Bumface.

    @MN5 Peter Wright - one of the worst modern-day Lions players ever.



  • @Bovidae said in 1993 Lions tour:

    @Nepia said in 1993 Lions tour:

    Nice, I think I've still got those videos somewhere in storage back home.

    That Magpies v Lions game was awesome. I went to the 83 one as well and we sucked, so it was awesome to see Hewitt and co kick their butts.

    Same for me with Waikato. Thrashed in 1983 (Ollie Campbell got a bucketload of points) but returned the favour in spades in 1993. That midweek Lions team played like they didn't want to be there for the last provincial game, except for Bumface.

    @MN5 Peter Wright - one of the worst modern-day Lions players ever.

    Haha. They called him 'teapot' on the tour cos he always had his hands on his hips as opposed to actually playing dynamic rugby.

    I'd argue Damian Cronin and Andy Reed were even worse. Gav Hastings was an awesome captain though and his bro did ok before getting injured.

    I could be wrong but I think it may have been an all Scottish tight 5 vs Waikato? How embarassing. Scotland went so far downhill when Jeffrey, Calder and Sole retired all about the same time.



  • @Bovidae said in 1993 Lions tour:

    Same for me with Waikato.

    That try can't even remember who scored it featuring Mitch striding through a gap and offloading was a thing of beauty.

    That midweek Lions team played like they didn't want to be there for the last provincial game, except for Bumface.

    Bumface had a cheeky smile on his face in the post-match interview.



  • LOved watching Doug Te Puni score that try from the grass banks, dont recall seeing that interview with him before, classic!



  • @taniwharugby said in 1993 Lions tour:

    LOved watching Doug Te Puni score that try from the grass banks, dont recall seeing that interview with him before, classic!

    What a good effort, he outpaced a halfback!

    I think Gav Hastings got in a bit of shit at home for pointing out that his midweek countrymen were fucken poor. Apparently there was a massive divide between the midweekers and test players. The former got aquainted with more than a few pubs by the sounds of things...



  • @MN5 Yes



  • @Salacious-Crumb said in 1993 Lions tour:

    Prince's move would have been better had they (the Maori) not lost. It is still stuck in my mind as one of the most pathetic things I've seen a player do. And I've watch Chris Ashton play.

    As I recall it he got a fair bit of stick at the time, less for the finger, more for doing to finger & then losing.



  • @gollum said in 1993 Lions tour:

    @Salacious-Crumb said in 1993 Lions tour:

    Prince's move would have been better had they (the Maori) not lost. It is still stuck in my mind as one of the most pathetic things I've seen a player do. And I've watch Chris Ashton play.

    As I recall it he got a fair bit of stick at the time, less for the finger, more for doing to finger & then losing.

    Yeah, watching those highlights he got made to look stupid a couple of times too, so not all too smart.



  • @Damo said in 1993 Lions tour:

    The third test was my first ever test. Awesome first.

    The first was mine.



  • You could have quite comfortably landed a jet on any one of the waikato frontrowers heads.



  • Also has anyone ever made running fast look as awkward & painful as Walter Little? Yes, Lee Stensness.

    He was sensational in that 3rd test, but jeez... its like watching someone in a Vauxhall Viva try to let rip at the lights.



  • @gollum said in 1993 Lions tour:

    Also has anyone ever made running fast look as awkward & painful as Walter Little? Yes, Lee Stensness.

    He was sensational in that 3rd test, but jeez... its like watching someone in a Vauxhall Viva try to let rip at the lights.

    Stainless Stensness was certainly no Alama the charmer Ieremia when it came to putting in the big hits.


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