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Brave Lions heroes reuniting to provide you with all the answers

By Niall Crozier

Rugby has long prided itself on being a code in which people look out for one another. On the field that manifests itself in respect for the game's laws and ethos, the referee and the opposition.

The fact that it is a physically aggressive game does not detract from its affability. On the contrary, rugby is dependent on courage, courtesy and consideration in equal measures.

And off the field it enjoys a well-earned and unrivalled reputation for providing the perfect foundation for good friendships forged in the fray.

Add all of these qualities together, stir in the guarantee of a good night's craic – the purpose of which is to help others – and you have an event worth attending.

With this being the 40th anniversary of the British&Irish Lions tour to South Africa, the Ulster Rugby Supporters' Club is running a question and answer session with three of the province's icons who were members of 1974 tour undertaken by the team which became known as The Invincibles having chalked up 21 wins and a draw in their 22-game programme. The Stormont Hotel is the venue for the event which is being staged a week today (Wednesday, April 16) starting at 7.30pm.

Lock forward and Ballymena legend Willie John McBride, who captained that magnificent team, will be there to answer questions alongside Bangor centre Dick Milliken and Dungannon flanker Stewart McKinney, author of Songs From the Back of the Bus.

This is a ticket-only event and these will be on sale (£10) at the URSC information desk at Ravenhill this Friday night when Ulster play Connacht. Alternatively they are available via paypal on

All proceeds will go to the Wooden Spoon Society, a charity inspired by its rugby heritage in the promotion of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun.

Princess Anne is Patron of the WSS which is one of the largest funders of respite and medical treatment centres, sensory enhancement therapeutic facilities, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas and community-based programmes in the UK.

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