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British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand 2017 Quiz

  1. How many players were named in the original British and Irish Lions 2017 squad?



  2. It's possible that three New Zealand brothers could line-up against the Lions, what's their last name?
  3. Which two Lions' players are making their third tour?
  4. How many Saracens' players were named in the initial squad?
  5. The Lions' scrum coach is also the forward's coach of which club?
  6. As of May 2017, when was the last time New Zealand lost at Eden Park: (a)1994, (b)2004, or (c)2014? And which team were last to beat them at this venue?
  7. Where are the following New Zealand super rugby teams based: (a)Chiefs, (b)Crusaders, (c)Highlanders, and (d)Hurricanes?
  8. It's possible that a Waikato player called Bryn may make a few newspaper headlines; why?
  9. Who is the youngest player in the squad?
  10. The Lions will play 10 matches in total; how many of these will be played on the South Island?
  11. How many Scottish players were named in the original squad? And can you name them?
  12. Which two tourists have never made an international start for their home country?
  13. The Lions left for New Zealand with which airline?
  14. What is the name of the the Lions' mascot (it replaced the retired Leo in 2013)?




Answers:

  1. 41 players (just three less than Clive Woodward’s 2005 tour)
  2. Barrett (Jordie, Beauden, and Scott)
  3. Leigh Halfpenny and Alun Wyn Jones
  4. 6 (Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, George Kruis, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola (an injury withdrawal))
  5. Harlequin FC
  6. 1994, France (20-23)
  7. (a)Hamilton, (b)Christchurch, (c)Dunedin, and (d)Wellington
  8. Bryn is Lions' coach Warren Gatland's son (and may play for Waikato and also the Babarians against the British Lions)
  9. Maro Itoje
  10. Two (against the Crusaders and Highlanders)
  11. Two, Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour
  12. Kyle Sinckler and Jamie George
  13. Qantas (an acronym for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services)
  14. Billy



British Lions Quiz I

  1. Prior to the start of the 2017 Lions' tour there are only three players to have scored more than 50 Lions' test points; name them?
  2. In 1983 the British and Irish Lions toured New Zealand, losing 4–0; can you name the tour captain, coach and manager (3 answers)?
  3. Who is the oldest player ever to represent the British Lions in a Test match (HINT: it was post 2000)?
  4. Which player started on the open-side in all four Tests against South Africa in 1974?
  5. Who played a major role in the 1974 'invincible' series against South Africa, scoring two tries in both the second and third tests?
  6. In 2009, which Australian born Lion played in five regional matches, but was never selected for any of the Tests against South Africa?
  7. Who was favourite to captain the 1977 Lions before a serious illness intervened? And who did become tour captain?
  8. Name the three players that started in the front row for all three tests on the 1989 Australian tour?
  9. Who was the oldest player to feature in any match on the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia?
  10. An infamous match on the 1971 tour was known as the 'Battle of...' where? And which Scottish loosehead prop had to return home after a punch damaged his cheekbone?
  11. Name the three English front five forwards that started all three tests on the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa?
  12. How many times did Willie John McBride tour with the Lions as a player?
  13. Before winning the last Test in South Africa in 2009, how many Tests had the Lions gone without a win?
  14. In 2009, who became the first player to play both for and against the Lions?
  15. (As of 2017) there are still two players from the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand playing professional rugby, can you name both?

Answers:

  1. Johnny Wilkinson (67 points), Gavin Hastings (66), and Stephen Jones (53)
  2. Ciaran Fitzgerald (captain), Jim Telfer (coach), Willie John McBride (manager)
  3. Neil Back (was 36 years and 160 days old in the first British Lions match against the All Blacks in 2005)
  4. Fergus Slattery
  5. JJ Williams
  6. Nathan Hines
  7. Mervyn Davies, Phil Bennett
  8. David Sole, Brian Moore, and Dai Young
  9. Shane Williams (called up from playing in Japan for the Brumbies match)
  10. Battle of Canterbury, Sandy Carmichael (he was replaced by fellow Scottish prop Ian McLauchlan, nicknamed Mighty Mouse)
  11. Colclough, Beaumont (c), and Wheeler
  12. Five (1962, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1974)
  13. Seven (they'd lost the last 2 Tests in Australia, the 3 in New Zealand, and the first 2 in South Africa)
  14. Riki Flutey
  15. Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues) and Gavin Henson (Newport Gwent Dragons)



British Lions Rugby Quiz II

  1. Which two Lions' players got into hot water over their newpaper columns on the 2001 Autralian tour?
  2. In 2009, South Africa secured victory in the second Test following a foul by which Lions' player? And name the South African that kicked the penalty from his own half?
  3. Name the Australian who kicked to George North for his 2013 wonder try? And which Australian player did North hand gesture to as he crossed the line?
  4. Who was selected for the British and Irish Lions 1997 tour to South Africa whilst still uncapped by his country?
  5. For the 2005 tour to New Zealand what specifically was 'The Power of Four'?
  6. Prior to the 2017 series, which year was the last time the Lions had a test victory against New Zealand?
  7. After playing which team did Lions coach Graham Henry call the match ‘a bad day for rugby?
  8. Name the only player to have toured with the British Lions in three separate decades?
  9. Which Headingley player toured with the British and Irish Lions in both 1974 and 1977?
  10. Two Welshmen were top try scorers on the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia with 4 tries each, name both?
  11. Which country did the British Lions play in a pre-tour warm up match at the Millennium Stadium in 2005? And which Welshman captained the Lions that day?
  12. On the 2009 tour of South Africa the age gap between the oldest and youngest Lions' player was 15 years, name both?
  13. Which player won the 1971 series against New Zealand with a long-range drop-goal (to draw the fourth test and hence win the series)?
  14. Which two (Austalian and Lions) players had a massive feud on the Austalia 2001 tour (two answers needed)?
  15. Lions' tours are about off field fun too and in the 'court sessions' in South Africa in ‘97, who was cast as Ruprecht?
  16. Who represented the Lions in 1974, 1977 and 1980, and is famous for his 1977 'mudman' image against the Junior All Blacks?

Answers:

  1. Austin Healey and Matt Dawson
  2. Ronan O'Gara, Morne Steyn
  3. Berrick Barnes, Will Genia
  4. Will Greenwood
  5. A song (or Lions' anthem) commissioned by Sir Clive Woodward and the Lions' management (that everyone hated!)





  6. 1993 (in Wellington)
  7. NSW Waratahs (Ronan O'Gara needed eight stitches around his eye after an attack by Duncan McRae)
  8. David (Dai) Young (1989, 1997 and 2001)
  9. Ian McGeechan
  10. Alex Cuthbert (4), George North (4)
  11. Argentina (25-25 draw), captain was Micheal Owen
  12. Simon Shaw (36), Leigh Halfpenny (20)
  13. JPR Williams
  14. Justin Harrison and Austin Healey
  15. Neil Jenkins
  16. Fran Cotton
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