This title explores the whole period of the British Lions' existence. It examines the origins, development, and future of the Lions tours and investigates the social and political issues which have played a part in the evolution of one of the world's most formidable touring forces. It describes the post-war tours and profiles of many of the great players and strong men of the time, who tell of their feeling of fulfilment, and of the pride and the passion every British or Irish player feels on being selected as a British Lion. This celebratory volume provides access into the workings and preparations behind every Lions tour since 1920. It is a definitive account of the game's most prestigious and world-renowned representatives, and includes details of the victorious 1997 tour to South Africa.