Thursday, July 16, 2009
The dust has settled after the tumultuous British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa for 2009 which the hosts won 2-1. The Lions restored pride though by winning the final Test. Total Rugby caught up with Lions manager, Gerald Davies.
Davies himself is a legend of the game, playing at wing for Wales before making his debut for the British & Irish Lions in 1968, then playing for them again in 1971.
As manager of the 2009 pack of Lions, Davies brought with him a sense of calm and old school values that were perhaps missing on their previous tour, to New Zealand in 2005.
"If there was such a thing as a Lions 'age', I believe we've gone some way towards recovering the spirit of it on this trip," he commented afterwards.
In this interview, Davies reflects upon the positives of the tour, and talks about the pride that theyve restored with their strong performances.
He also touches on the fact that the Lions concept should indeed be around for a long time to come, despite many claiming that its lost its allure.