The Lions – When Enemies Become Friends
The British & Irish Lions started their first match in New Zealand, a few Saturdays ago. Lions tours are extraordinary, as fierce opponents from four countries come together, train together, play together, party together, tour together – they become friends for life. The Lions is a wonderful tradition. However, their battles overseas in the Southern Hemisphere, have been tough, bloody and some say, down right dangerous. Despite the extreme intensity of the battles, there are some wonderful sportsmanship moments. Here are a few from former Lions 1974 , Ireland and Ulster wing forward, Stewart McKinney.
Ostrich Bomb & Thank You Punch
Here’s what happened when the South African giant, Johan de Bruyn met McKinney in an airport after the Lions wing-forward had hit him ‘very hard’ during their encounter on the pitch……
Ferocious One Eyed Rugby Giant Shows Gentle Kindness to a Lion
Stewart also tells another story of de Bruyn’s generosity of spirit in a way that you simply cannot imagine, when the heroic Scottish Lion, Gordon Browne was very very ill.
All Blacks Jaw UnWired for Guinness and Rewired for Matches
Many All All Blacks have a soft spot for the Irish. Here is Irish & Lions wing-forward, Stewart McKinney telling the tale of meeting his childhood hero, All Black Wing-Forward Walker Nathan, who loved the Irish because, despite having a broken jaw, they unwired it so he could enjoy the weekend drinking Guinness and eating steak & then rewired it before his next match, BUT….when Walker met Stewart many years later, it could have gone horribly wrong…here’s what happened……
1973 All Black, Keith Murdoch Was Harshly Treated – Here Is His Little Known Secret Act Of Kindness
He didn’t do time, but he had a good time, with security forces and thanked them in his own way. This is the sad story about a decent All Black who treated harshly & suffered indignity, yet he was a good man whose kindness to others was a secret until Stewart McKinney revealed it to the world. Here’s Keith Murdoch story.
Lion Kills A Springbok – the Incredible Blair Mayne
Here it is….. … the unbelievable carry-on from one of the Lions greatest ever characters and players, the wild, crazy and wonderful Blair Mayne……… Ozzie Osborne, Rolling Stones, The Who are all a bunch of woosies when it comes to real after match fun…… not to mention his heroics on the pitch & off the pitch (in WW2). Sit back & enjoy this one as you will never meet the likes of this one very famous Lion, Blair Mayne, again . He was the last of the ‘Blue Lions’ after 1938 tour the Lions changed colours and became the red jersey that we see today.
Good luck to the Lions v All Blacks on Saturday with the Lions new captain, Peter O’Mahoney.
Most of these stories come from Stewart McKinney’s two amazing collection of Lions stories
Roars From The Back Of The Bus (which has outrageous Lions stories from the 1880s to the wild 1970s) and Voices From The Back Of The Bus (containing short outrageous stories form the players themselves).
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