Ever since I was a young boy, it was always a dream of mine to play rugby for Wales, but when I was fortunate to do that, the next natural goal as a British player I guess was to get selected to play for the Lions.
Did I think I could ever achieve it at the time? Probably not.
Players like Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies, Phil Bennett and David Duckham, all heroes of mine growing up, were Lions legends, and to be included within that unique ‘club’ of rugby greats was just stuff of dreams.
The Lions was the ultimate in my eyes, and despite having some doubts that I’d ever achieve Lions selection, I still nevertheless identified as one of my biggest rugby goals.
Luckily for me, I got selected to go on two British & Irish Lions tours, one to Australia in 1989 and the other to New Zealand in 1993.
As all avid rugby fans will know, the Lions of 2013 are embarking on another tour to Australia, starting with a game versus the Barbarians in Hong Kong this Saturday.
As part of the build up to the tour, I recently had the pleasure to chat with legendary England World Cup winning flanker and 3 times Lions tourist, Richard Hill.
During our discussion, he talked about the qualities needed to become a successful Lions player, what the make-up of the squad should be in order to be successful on the field, the importance of leadership from the captain and finally he gives his thoughts on what it will take to beat Australia in the three match test series .
To hear everything he has to say click the video below…