In 1974 one of the strongest British and Irish Lions' squads of all time departed for what would prove one of the most controversial - and most historic - Rugby tours ever. Now the story behind the Lions' tour of South Africa is told by the men who made history, the legends revealing in their own words the truth behind the "Lions' Roar of '74". In this extraordinary programme, squad members, including legendary Captain Willie-John McBride, reveal their thoughts on the storm the Lions' tour created, and the marvellous Rugby they played. This film includes archive footage from each Test Match as well as rare, behind-the-scenes access, but it is the interviews with legendary names, including Gareth Edwards, J.P.R. Williams, J.J. Williams and Fran Cotton which make this such an important film. It includes the ESPN Classic feature 'At Home with the Invincibles', recorded in late 2007. In this intimate chat five of the legends - McBride, Andy Ripley, Mike Burton, Roger Uttley and Ian McGeechan - recall this historic tour, revealing some deeply personal reflections. These fascinating interviews allow you to discover how the squad coped with the controversy, pressure and undoubtedly strong Springboks by creating an unparalleled team spirit which would carry the Lions through adversity and on to victory. There are also tributes from the Rugby heroes the 1974 Lions inspired, including Jeremy Guscott, leuan Evans and Clive Woodward.
"A Pride of Lions": The Lions' victorious trip to New Zealand in 1971 is celebrated in archive footage and the recollections of the players who made the trip, reunited to commemorate another of Rubgy's greatest stories