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At Home With The Invincibles.avi
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Background: In 1974, the South African apartheid regime was under worldwide condemnation, and the country was banned from the Olympic Games and almost all international sporting events. In defiance of the developing international policy to isolate South Africa, the British and Irish Lions rugby team accepted the invitation to tour the country and play a test series against their ancient rivals, the legendary Springboks. This decision invoked a fierce reaction from the media and public, and the government disowned the team.
Led by the esteemed Irish forward Willie John McBride the Lions remained unbeaten in the 22 games played including four test matches in which there was three victories and one controversial drawn match. ESPN Classic finishes off their week long tribute to possibly the greatest ever touring Lions side, known simply as the "Invincibles".
This one off special titled "At Home With The Invisibles" and produced by ESPN Classic takes a camera to the home of former Lion, Roger Utley where he and members of the 1974 squad Willie John McBride, Ian McGeechan, Mike Burton, Andy Ripley recall some of memorable stories from the tour went on behind a back drop of Apartheid. With contributions also from Phil Bennett and Feargus Slattery. The programme is introduced by Roger Utley's son Ben.
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