1971 Lions Reunion – over 550 people at Dinner on Saturday 7th September 2013Add to Cart Download
1971 Lions Reunion – over 550 people at Dinner on Saturday 7th September 2013
Terenure College RFC honour Mick Hipwell and victorious 1971 Lions
In 1971, Terenure College RFC’s Mick Hipwell was selected to tour New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions. To this day, the achievement of the 1971 Lions in winning the Test series is regarded as one of the greatest feats in world sport, and no other Lions touring parties to New Zealand have managed to emulate this success, although the Lions tour to New Zealand in 2017 is looming up soon as the next target.
Having been selected for the first test, Mick Hipwell’s involvement in the tour was cruelly cut short due to injury. He played 6 times for the Lions. With that in mind the club has decided to host a reunion of the 1971 Lions to honour some of the greatest players who have ever appeared on a rugby pitch and in particular Mick's selection for that tour.
John Dawes (captain),Alistair Biggar, Sandy Carmichael, Peter Dixon, David Duckham, Gareth Edwards, Geoff Evans, Mike Gibson, Ray Hopkins, Barry John, Frank Laidlaw, Sean Lynch,Willie John McBride, Ian McLauchlan, Ray McLoughlin, Derek Quinnell, Mike Roberts, Fergus Slattery, John Taylor, Delme Thomas, JPR Williams and of course Mick Hipwell !
Joe Schmidt, newly appointed Irish coach having coached Leinster to Heineken Cup and Amlin challenge victories over the last number of seasons, said:
“It’s a great honour to have been asked to speak at this reunion, even more so that it was my home country that they toured all those years ago when I was a child (even if they did win). The squad was peppered with true legends of the game which people still speak of fondly across Ireland and Britain. It’s incredible achievement to have so many of them together tonight to honour Mick Hipwell.”
Donal Canniffe, the Munster captain who lead his side to victory against New Zealand in 1978 - the only Irish team to have ever beaten them – said:
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