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We had fin­ished our team run and I was think­ing that a good match against hawke’s Bay might keep me in the team for the sec­ond Test, writes andy Reed of the 1993 Lions tour. It was nor­mal to shower back at the ho­tel so we were keen to get go­ing, but we had to wait on the bus as Ian McGeechan fin­ished his ses­sion with the other play­ers.

It was sug­gested we should fill up the seats at the back to p*** them off for keep­ing us wait­ing, them be­ing the ‘ dream Team’. dean Richards and Peter Win­ter­bot­tom et al would nor­mally oc­cupy the back row, with the less ex­pe­ri­enced such as me to­wards the front.

Then some­one fetched a box of or­anges from the chang­ing room. Once the dream Team were on board and the bus mov­ing, the plan was to let them have it, it be­ing the or­anges we were armed with in our ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tion at the rear.

af­ter what seemed an eter­nity, they boarded. Win­ters’ and deano’s faces were a pic­ture but even they re­alised we were p***ed off at the wait and took the re­main­ing seats.

as the bus pulled away, we let fly with our ammo. Poor Martin Bay­field’s head was well proud of the seat’s back and pre­sented a large tar­get, but no one was safe.

It came to an end when the driver had to stop to clean the in­side of the wind­screen as he couldn’t see! l From Roars from the Back of the Bus, pub by Main­stream (2012).

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