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Rough stuff: Willie John McBride in the heat of battle for the Lions in 1974

Rough stuff: Willie John McBride in the heat of battle for the Lions in 1974

All in lifetime: Willie John McBride celebrating his 80th birthday

All in lifetime: Willie John McBride celebrating his 80th birthday

Stephen Hamilton

Handing Paul O'Connell a Lions jersey

Handing Paul O'Connell a Lions jersey

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With Tony Ward

With Tony Ward

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Tommy Bowe

Tommy Bowe

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Rough stuff: Willie John McBride in the heat of battle for the Lions in 1974

As Willie John McBride turns 80, some of Ulster's British and Irish Lions have been paying tribute to the greatest tourist of them all.

The legendary lock, who was selected for five different trips with the side, winning a record 17 Test caps and captaining their fabled 'Invincibles' tour to South Africa in 1974, celebrates his birthday today.