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Wales’ British & Irish Lions; Where they started (photos)

British & Irish Lions come from all corners of the UK, but you may be hard-pressed to recognise some of the players in the youth or community club days. Robert Rees looks back at the pre-professional days of the Welsh Lions. Adam Beard – Birchgrove/Aberavon The Welsh lock was a late call-up to the squad, […]



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