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05th Nov 2015

British & Irish Lions launch nifty retro jersey to mark new jersey deal (Pic)


Patrick McCarry

This is a throwback to the very first British & Irish Lions tour.

In 1959, Canterbury and the Lions came together for a tour to the Southern Hemisphere. This afternoon, both parties announced they will do it all over again.

Canterbury will design jerseys, training gear and a whole plethora of snazzy kit for the 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand.

To mark the kit deal, Canterbury have released a retro-style jersey that is an homage to that 1959 tour. Former World Player of the Year Keith Wood fills it out well:

Woody Lions

There were no fancy announcements back in the 50s. Canterbury simply stepped in and supplied jerseys to the tourists when their kit was “spoiled” in a previous game (we suspect they were put on a hot wash).

Back then, the Lions travelled to Australia and New Zealand, where they were feted with lavish welcoming parties and bizarre parades.

They lost only six of a whopping 35 games. Unfortunately, three of those defeats were to the All Blacks as they lost that series 3-1.

The consolation came in the form of a 2-0 series win over the Aussies.