The Lions 2013 Picturebook

After an emphatic third test victory that sealed the 2013 series for the Lions we take a look back at the key moments in the Australian tour…

30th April – The Lions squad is announced as Sam Warburton is revealed as tour skipper…

1 sam warburton announced as lions captain

The boys land in Hong Kong as temperatures soar… 

2 heat hits in hong kong

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The tour gets off to a flying start as the Lions defeat the BaaBaas 59 – 8…

Mike Phillips of the Lions

The tour then moves on as BIL leads the rest of the tour party out as they touch down in Australia…

4 lions arrive in oz

The series begins well as the team pick up victories in their early encounters…

5 lions beat western force

Crisis as loosehead as both Cian Healy and Gethin Jenkins are struck down by injury early in the series…

6 injury strikes in the first game

The Lions continue their good run of form recording several more victories as skipper Sam Warburton returns to the fray…

7 lions beat reds

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Yet more potential heartbreak as more key players suffer injuries before the first test…

8 jamie roberts injured

The team don’t let this affect them as they continue to topple each obstacle thrown in their path…

9 lions beat waratahs

Until the unthinkable happens as the team lose out to the ACT Brumbies and nerves begin to show…

10 lions lose first game

Sam Warburton leads out his side for the first test against the Wallabies in Suncorp Stadium…

11 sam warburton leads lions out

The game sets off at a frenetic pace with both sides trading early blows until Will Genia does the unthinkable…

12 first test begins

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A try started off deep in their own half is finished off by test débutante Israel Folau who goes on to score a second during the game…

13 israel folau try

Never one to be outshone George North scores one of the great Lions tries of all time after a run from deep…

14 george north try

The Lions hold their nerve as the robotic right boot of Leigh Halfpenny continues to slot the kicks over…

14 leigh halfpenny kicking first test

Heart in the mouth moment as Australia are awarded a lost minute penalty. Fortunately Kurtley Beale is denied a heroes return after a slip that will live long in the memory…

15 kurtley beale slip

The second test is a more subdued affair that will forever be remembered for George North’s new backpack after he picks up Israel Folau carrying him up the field…

15 george north picks up israel folau

Yet more heartbreak as Lions skipper Sam Warburton is helped off the field and ruled out of the decisive third test…

16 sam warburton goes off injured

By such fine margins are games won and loss as Leigh Halfpenny suffers the same fate as opposition full back Kurtley Beale in the preceding week…

17 leigh halfpenny miss

The squad take some down time to relax ahead of the series decider…

17 the lions make the most of some down time

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Meanwhile Mr Fantastic adds playing with the Manic Street Preachers to his list of incredible achievements…

17 jamie roberts manic street preachers

The third test begins with a bang as Alex Corbisiero crosses the line to register the Lions first score…

18 corbisiero try

The Lions dominance continues as Jonny Sexton scores another try…

19 sexton try

Then comes the third try…

20 george north try

And another one as Dr Roberts returns to the test arena in style…

21 jamie robert try

The performance is so complete a certain Mr Wade even has time to fix his hair ready for the impending celebrations…

22 christian wade doing hair

And sure enough they come as the Lions clinch a 2 – 1 series victory…

22 the crowd go mental

The players begin to celebrate in style…

23 lions win

And continue to do so….

24 party startsThe squad are awarded the Tom Richards trophy…

25 collect trophyThe Captain proceeds to hold it aloft… 

25 trophy collectionEverything that has gone before is forgotten…

26 all else is forgottenBack in the changing room the celebrations begin in earnest…

28 celebrationsJames Bond even makes a special appearance…

29 james bondNow the drinking really begins…

30 drinkingWhilst father and son are left to share in the experience of a lifetime… 

31 father and son fax

The rest as they say is probably best left to the imagination…

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