The epic story of how the British and Irish Lions beat the odds - includes over two hours of unseen footage. It was billed 'Mission Impossible', beating double World Champions New Zealand in a Test series in their own back yard, a feat only done once before in the Lions 129-year history. Few outside the squad gave them a chance against the mighty All Blacks, who had not been beaten at home since 2009 a run of 47 matches and 2,849 days. Yet the strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire and the Lions of 2017 showed their mettle to draw the series and do the iconic jersey proud. 'Uncovered' tells the story of a team of rivals, the best of the best from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales who came together with a single purpose under Head Coach Warren Gatland. Charting the Tour in graphic detail, this is the unprecedented account of how the Lions took on the most successful sports team in history 10,000 miles from home, against all odds. Witness the real life, behind the scenes journey to the far side of the world where the Lions were roared on by 20,000 travelling passionate fans. From the squad selection meeting to the final whistle of the dramatic 3rd Test, re-live the stunning tour from inside the Lions camp. Feel the tension in the coaches box on match day as the Lions bounce back from the 1st Test defeat at New Zealand's Eden Park fortress to win the 2nd Test in Wellington before the finale back in Auckland. Watch the Lions receive a formal challenge from 500 Maori warriors at the famed Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of New Zealand, and hear them respond with songs from their homelands. Determined to live out the Lions values on and off the field, the squad visited schools, hospitals and communities everywhere they went, and were made welcome all over New Zealand. With unrestricted access to every meeting and training session, where players wore microphones for the first time, the team bus and social occasions, see and hear the players as you have never before. Featuring thrilling match footage from every one of the 10 games, this is one of the most extraordinary sporting events of all time.
A missed opportunity
- British and Irish Lions 2017: Uncovered review by JD
Enjoyed this rugby documentary of the 2017 Lions tour to NZ.
Some good behind the scenes footage, combined with some match footage.
The dvd does not address the main problem — Gatland as head Coach missed a golden opportunity to win the series by poor squad selection, then even poorer Test Team selection, and far too many average Welsh players were picked.
Bringing poor replacements into the squad to cover for injuries and devaluing the shirt was unforgivable.