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The Lions ' 2005 tour to New Zealand, coached by 2003 England world cup winning coach Clive Woodward, won all seven games against provincial teams however suffered heavy defeats in all three tests and were narrowly defeated by the New Zealand Maori team.
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Lions and 2005
For the 2005 tour to New Zealand the Lions management commissioned a song, " The Power of Four ", although it met with little support amongst Lions fans at the matches and was not used on the 2009 Tour.
The most recent tour visited South Africa in May – July 2009, and before that the Lions toured New Zealand in 2005.
In a break with tradition, a " home " fixture against Argentina took place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 23 May 2005, before the Lions went to New Zealand.
* The translation of The Lions of Al-Rassan was nominated for the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Geffen Award in 2005.
The Kountze Lions ' Varsity Basketball Team has brought home State titles, including the years of: 1970, 2004, 2005, and 2007 in both 2A & 3A of UIL standings.
* Jamel White, former running back for ( 1999, Indianapolis Colts ; 1999, Cleveland Browns ; 2004, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ; 2005 Detroit Lions )
As a commercial director he has worked with United Parcel Service, Nike, Subway, Rock Band and Volvo for several campaigns, including the Titanium Lion winning Life on Board campaign from the 2005 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.
In 2005 the rock band, Living Things, gained national attention after the release of their album, Ahead of the Lions.
It was the last occasion on which the Lions returned victorious from a tour as it was followed by defeats in Australia in 2001, New Zealand in 2005 and South Africa in 2009.
In February 2004 he was appointed Head Coach for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
However, in his resignation press conference, Woodward said that his intention was to take the Football Association's Grade Two coaching badges after the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand:
Lions Gate Home Entertainment's home video rights initially expired in late 2005, but later regained video rights to Republic's theatrical film library ( except It's a Wonderful Life -- the video rights to that and several other films, as well as Republic's TV library now are with Paramount Home Entertainment, with the TV shows released through the CBS DVD label ).
Wilkinson has also toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, in 2001 to Australia and 2005 to New Zealand, scoring 67 Test points in the 6 Lions test matches he has started.
* Danny McManus – player ( QB ), 2011 ( Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1990 – 92 ; BC Lions 1993 – 95 ; Edmonton Eskimos 1996 – 97 ; Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1998 – 2005 ; Calgary Stampeders 2006 ).
* Ray Nettles – player ( LB ), 2005 ( BC Lions 1972 – 77 ; Toronto Argonauts 1977 ; Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1978 ; Ottawa Rough Riders 1979 ; Calgary Stampeders 1980 ).
Lions and tour
On their 1950 tour of New Zealand and Australia they also adopted the nickname British Lions, first used by British and South African journalists on the 1924 South African tour, after the lion emblem on their ties, the emblem on their jerseys having been dropped in favour of the four-quartered badge with the symbols of the four represented unions.
To avoid the ambiguity of the term British, and to more emphatically associate the team's identity with both the United Kingdom and Ireland, from the 2001 tour of Australia the name British and Irish Lions has been used.
It is the 1924 tour that is credited as being the first in which the team were referred to as " the Lions ", the irony being that it was on this tour that the single lion-rampant crest was replaced with the forerunner of the four-quartered badge with the symbols of the four represented unions, that is still worn today.
In 1927 a short nine-game series took place in Argentina, with the Lions winning all nine encounters ; the tour did however become a financial success for Argentine rugby.
In 1936 the Lions visited Argentina for the second time, winning all ten of their matches and only conceding nine points in the whole tour.
The Lions performed well in the remaining All Black tests though they lost all three, the team did not lose another non-test in the New Zealand leg of the tour.
The 1959 tour to Australia and New Zealand marked once again a very successful tour for the Lions, who only lost six of their 35 fixtures.
The 1962 tour to South Africa saw the Lions still win 16 of their 25 games, but did not fare well against the Springboks, losing three of the four tests.
For the 1966 tour to Australia and New Zealand John Robins became the first Lions Coach, and the trip started off very well for the Lions, who stormed through Australia, winning five non-tests and drawing one ; and most notably defeating Australia in two tests as well.
The Lions however experienced mixed results during the New Zealand leg of the tour, as well as losing all of the tests against the All Blacks.
The 1968 tour of South Africa saw the Lions win 15 of their 16 provincial matches, but the team actually lost three tests against the Springboks and drew one.
The Lions would only lose a single match on the rest of the tour, and won the test series against New Zealand, winning and drawing the last two games, to take the series two wins to one.
The 1977 tour to New Zealand saw the Lions drop only one non-test out of 21 games, a loss to a Universities side.
In August 1977 the British Lions made a stopover in Fiji on the way home from their tour of New Zealand.
However, the invitation for the Lions to tour South Africa was never accepted because of controversy surrounding Apartheid.
The tour was very successful for the Lions, who won all eight non-tests and won the test series against Australia, two to one.
Lions and New
In 1949 the Four Home Unions combined formally to create a Tours Committee and for the first time, every player of the 1950 Lions squad was an international before the New Zealand series.
The 1950s proved a golden age for Lions rugby, although only in the 1970s did style begin to match the substance of victory in New Zealand and South Africa.
The New Zealand side, by then already synonymous with the appellation " All Blacks ", had an all black kit that clashed with the Lions ' blue.
The Lions won all their games in Australia except for their final fixture against a New South Wales XV in Newcastle.
With the announcement of the 2013 schedule and home nation tours to other countries in non-Lions Tour years, it looks extremely unlikely that the British and Irish Lions will have the opportunity to tour Argentina before the 2017 tour of New Zealand.
Although the white jerseys of the Minnesota Vikings at the time also had a similar striping pattern and continued as such ( as well as the throwbacks the New England Patriots wore in the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions in 2002, though the Patriots later wore the same throwbacks in 2009 with truncated stripes and in 2010 became their official alternate uniform ), the Colts and most college teams with this striping pattern did not make this adjustment.
* 1939 – The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States ' first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.