British and Irish Lions tour: Wallabies legends called in to inspire Austalia

Last Updated: 18/06/13 5:21am

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Sky Sports News reporter Gail Davis gives her thoughts on The British and Irish Lions emphatic 47-17 victory over the New South Wales Waratahs.

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Australia legends have addressed the current Wallabies squad on what to expect from the British & Irish Lions.

Wallabies veterans from the 1989 and 2001 series were invited to speak to the team, who have not played together since November.

The likes of Nick Farr-Jones and Joe Roff have been passing on their advice and experience of Lions showdowns to the current crop.

The Lions triumphed in the 1989 series, the only time they have come back from 1-0 to win. But the Aussies won the 2001 series the same way, losing the opener in Brisbane but winning in Melbourne and Sydney.

Utility back Berrick Barnes said: "The Lions are lucky because they have guys like Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell who have been on tours before.


"Their experience, plus guys like Tom Croft and Jamie Roberts who played so well in South Africa four years ago, will be important.

"Speaking to a number of the guys who played against the Lions in 2001, they were shocked at the intensity of that first Test and how well drilled the Lions were.

"The 2001 Lions had the bulk of that England squad that were so successful in 2003. We'll face something similar in terms of the Welsh outfit that's played well together.

"From the 1989 series we had Tim Gavin and Nick Farr-Jones, who has been speaking to the guys about different things. We also had Simon Poidevin from 1989.

"Then from 2001 we had David Giffin and Joe Roff, who was one of the most influential blokes from that series.

"You draw on what they have to say, but it's up to us to write our own history."

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