With a tour to South Africa coming up in 2021, we have come up with 10 questions on the British and Irish Lions.
The famous invitational side is selected from players eligible for any of the Home Nations – the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
The multi-nation team that is today named the British and Irish Lions first came into existence in 1888 as the Shaw and Shrewsbury Team. It was then primarily English in composition but also contained players from Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
The earliest tours date back to 1888, when a 21-man squad visited Australia and New Zealand. The squad drew players from England, Scotland and Wales, though English players predominated. The 35-match tour of two host nations included no tests, but the side played provincial, city and academic sides, winning 27 matches. They played 19 games of Australian rules football, against prominent clubs in Victoria and South Australia, winning six and drawing one of these.