Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beating Boks Really Special

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beating Boks Really Special

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TO BE a roaring Lion, a winner on Springbok soil when they were world champions, is a very proud moment. The pinnacle of any playing career in rugby union.

Ian McGeechan was coach of the victorious 1997 Lions and is going back later this year with a new bunch of cubs who can only dream of such

Alan Tait scored a decisive try in the first Test, won 25-16, and played in the second which was also won 18-15. However, he picked up an injury and missed the last Test which was lost 35-16.

"I'll never forget playing and scoring in the first Test in Cape Town," he told me. "It was awesome sharing a field with such giants of the sport. The Boks had just won the World Cup and this was the first tour after the end of apartheid and the first pro tour.

"I injured my groin in the second Test and came off with 10 minutes to go. …

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