British & Irish Lions replacements: Players brought in on previous tours

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first_imgThe 2021 Lions squad has been announced but history has taught us that other players will inevitably be called up 1993 – New ZealandVince Cunningham (Ire) – replaced Scott Hastings (Sco)Andy Nicol (Sco) – replaced Robert Jones (Wal)Richard Wallace (Ire) – replaced Ian Hunter (Eng)Martin Johnson (Eng) – replaced Wade Dooley (Eng)Martin Johnson (high right) was a late replacement in 1993 (Getty Images)1989 – AustraliaRob Andrew (Eng) – replaced Paul Dean (Ire)Tony Clement (Wal) – replaced Chris Oti (Eng)1983 – New ZealandNigel Melville (Eng) – replaced Terry Holmes (Wal)Steve Smith (Eng) – replaced Nigel Melville (Eng)Eddie Butler (Wal) – replaced Jeff Squire (Wal)Nick Jeavons (Eng) – cover for John O’Driscoll (Ire)Donal Lenihan (Ire) – replaced Bob Norster (Wal)Gerry McLoughlin (Ire) – replaced Ian Stephens (Wal)1980 – South AfricaGareth Williams (Wal) – replaced Stuart Lane (Wal)Tony Ward (Ire) – replaced Gareth Davies (Wal)Ian Stephens (Wal) – replaced Fran Cotton (Eng)John Robbie (Ire) – replaced Colin Patterson (Ire)Phil Orr (Ire) – replaced Phil Blakeway (Eng)Andy Irvine (Sco) – having dropped out of original squad he replaced Mike Slemen (Eng)Paul Dodge (Eng) – replaced Dai Richards (Wal)Steve Smith (Eng) – replaced Terry Holmes (Wal)Andy Irvine was out then came in back in 1980 (Getty Images)1977 – New ZealandMoss Keane (Ire) – replaced Geoff Wheel (Wal) pre-tourJeff Squire (Wal)– replaced Roger Uttley (Eng) pre-tourBill Beaumont (Eng) – replaced Nigel Horton (Eng)Charlie Faulkner (Wal) – replaced Clive Williams (Wal)Alun Lewis (Wal) – replaced Brynmor Williams (Wal)1974 – South AfricaAlan Morley (Eng) – replaced Clive Rees (Wal)Mike Gibson (Ire) – replaced Alan Old (Eng)1971 – New ZealandChris Rea (Sco) – replaced Chris Wardlow (Eng) pre-tourStack Stevens (Eng) – replaced Sandy Carmichael (Sco)Geoff Evans (Wal) – replaced Ray McLoughlin (Ire)Rodger Arneil (Sco) – replaced Mike Hipwell (Ire) Alex Corbisiero was a replacement on the 2013 tour of Australia (Getty Images) British & Irish Lions replacements: Players brought in on previous toursAfter months of speculation and heated debate, the British & Irish Lions 2021 squad has been announced. Yet history has shown that missing out on a place in the initial squad does not necessarily mean a player’s chances of touring are gone.We look at the past 13 tours, noting who was called up after the initial squads were announced – and some of these latecomers had a big impact on the field.British & Irish Lions replacements2017 – New ZealandGreig Laidlaw (Sco) – replaced Ben Youngs (Eng) pre-tourJames Haskell (Eng) – replaced Billy Vunipola (Eng) pre-tourWarren Gatland also called up a group of players to provide short-term cover in midweek games around the first and second Tests. This group became known as the ‘Geography Six’ and consisted:Kristian Dacey (Wal)Gareth Davies (Wal)Allan Dell (Sco)Tomas Francis (Wal)Cory Hill (Wal)Finn Russell (Sco)2013 – AustraliaRory Best (Ire) – replaced Dylan Hartley (Eng) pre-tourAlex Corbisiero (Eng) – replaced Cian Healy (Ire)Ryan Grant (Sco) – replaced Gethin Jenkins (Wal)Tom Court (Ire) – general prop coverBrad Barritt (Eng) – general back-line coverBilly Twelvetrees (Eng) – general back-line coverChristian Wade (Eng) – general back-line coverShane Williams (Wal) – general back-line coverSimon Zebo (Ire) – precautionary cover for Tommy Bowe (Ire)John Hayes and Ross Ford came in to the squad in 2009 (Getty Images)2009 – South AfricaRoss Ford (Sco) – replaced Jerry Flannery (Ire) pre-tourTom Croft (Eng) – replaced Alan Quinlan (Ire) pre-tourMike Blair (Sco) – replaced Tomas O’Leary (Ire) pre-tourJames Hook (Wal) – replaced Leigh Halfpenny (Wal) pre-tourJohn Hayes (Ire) – replaced Euan Murray (Sco)Tim Payne (Eng) – replaced Andrew Sheridan (Eng)Ryan Jones (Wal) – replaced Stephen Ferris (Ire) but pulled out shortly after without playing a gameGordon D’Arcy (Ire) – general back-line replacementLeigh Halfpenny (Wal) – having dropped out of original squad he came back in mid-tour2005 – New ZealandMark Cueto (Eng) – replaced Iain Balshaw (Eng)Simon Shaw (Eng) – replaced Malcolm O’Kelly (Ire)Simon Easterby (Ire) – replaced Lawrence Dallaglio (Eng)Ryan Jones (Wal) – replaced Simon Taylor (Sco)Brent Cockbain (Wal) – replaced Danny Grewcock (Eng)Jason White (Sco) – replaced Richard Hill (Eng)Ryan Jones played in all three Tests after a late call in 2005 (Getty Images)2001 – AustraliaTyrone Howe (Ire) – replaced Dan Luger (Eng)Scott Gibbs (Wal) – replaced Mike Catt (Eng)Andy Nicol (Sco) – replaced Rob Howley (Wal)Gordon Bulloch (Sco) – replaced Phil Greening (Eng)Dorian West (Eng) – general injury coverMartin Corry (Eng) – replaced Simon Taylor (Sco)David Wallace (Ire) – replaced Lawrence Dallaglio (Eng)1997 – South AfricaTony Stanger (Sco) – replaced Ieuan Evans (Wal)Mike Catt (Eng) – replaced Paul Grayson (Eng)Kyran Bracken (Eng) – replaced Rob Howley (Wal)Tony Diprose (Eng) – replaced Scott Quinnell (Wal)Nigel Redman (Eng) – replaced Doddie Weir (Sco)center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can’t get to the shops? 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