Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Woodward to Blame for Lions' Failure Says Probyn

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Woodward to Blame for Lions' Failure Says Probyn

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Former England prop Jeff Probyn has absolved the Lions' players of blame following the humiliating whitewash by New Zealand and insisted Sir Clive Woodward's tactics meant the tour was doomed from the start.

Three successive Test maulings ensured the cream of British and Irish rugby was taught a humbling lesson by the mighty All Blacks, the clear favourites for the 2007 World Cup.

Probyn believes Woodward should take sole responsibility for only the third clean sweep of Test defeats in Lions history, highlighting his team selections and game-plans as massive blunders.

However, his biggest error, according to front-row hardman Probyn, who was a shock omission from the previous Lions tour to New Zealand in 1993, was failing to play the Test team before the Christchurch opener.

"The Lions' players acquitted themselves well. Given the way the tour was organised we got the best set of results we could," he said. "I was not impressed by the way the tour was organised. …

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