04. July 2017 · Comments Off on JONNY WILKINSON WARNS LIONS OVER 2005 CHAOS · Categories: Jonny Wilkinson · Tags: , , ,

Jonny Wilkinson has referred to the disastrous 2005 British & Irish Lions tour under Clive Woodward as “chaos like I had never witnessed before” therefore warned the class of 2017 to be expectant of such beating by New Zealand if their previous mistakes repeat.


Jonny and co were trashed 3-0 in the Test series twelve years ago on a widely criticized tour that questioned the future of the Lions.

Woodward chose a bloated 44-man squad which included a number of England’s World Cup winners who were past their best and a 26-man support staff, with Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell included.

In addition, Woodward incited irrelevant division within the squad by dividing the Test and midweek sides.

After they have been trashed by the New Zealand Maori, the Lions lost their captain Brian O’Driscoll to a broken collarbone within a minute of the first Test in Christchurch after a spear tackle from TanaUmaga and KevenMealamu.

They lost the match 21-3 before losing the series to a Dan Carter master class in Wellington – going down 48-18.

The 38-19 loss in Auckland completed the whitewash but Jonny remembered that the writing was on the wall in the first Test, highlighting the stark contrast between the Lions and the England side that had won in Wellington in 2003 under Woodward, just some months before the World Cup success, despite being down to 13 men at a point.

“We were together with England and sure of one another that we just dealt with it,” Jonny said.

“Some years later we were there again with a full squad of wonderful guys from all different teams gathered into the Lions, went out for the first Test and it was like chaos I had never witnessed before.” He concluded.

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