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By Stephen Jones, Tom English, Nick Cain, David Barnes

This new version will contain tales, anecdotes, interviews and pictures from the 2013 Lions journey, the arguable and highly fascinating try out sequence that witnessed the Lions maximum triumph for sixteen years. For one hundred twenty five years the British & Irish Lions have stood out as a peerless brand in international recreation. This exact account of the easiest from the 4 domestic international locations examines each journey within the Lions' heritage, together with the triumphant 2013 journey to Hong Kong and Australia, instructed within the players' phrases. 'Behind the Lions' sees 4 esteemed rugby writers from all of the domestic countries delve to the guts of what it capability to be a Lion, interviewing an unlimited array of former and present gamers to discover the eagerness, delight and pleasure skilled whilst donning the recognized purple jersey. it's a story of heart-break and ecstasy, humour and poignancy that's immediately inspirational, relocating and totally compelling. this can be the tale of the British & Irish Lions - of their personal phrases.

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And it enabled Lord Lytton in Pundits and Elephants – a memoir of his years as Governor of Bengal – to praise S. N. Mullick for his ‘sacrifice’ in choosing the ‘hard road’ of collaboration, with its high salary and all the privileges of office. The time is Bengal in 1923. It is two years since Gandhi has launched his first civil disobedience campaign and Gandhi and thousands of Indians India – Whose India? 37 are in British jails. The Raj is trying to shore up support amongst its collaborators through a reform called dyarchy where Indians are given very limited powers in provinces.

But cabinet papers of the time which have since became public show that this was never the British intention. The 1917 policy was agreed by the then war-time British cabinet. Sitting round the cabinet table was the Prime Minister David Lloyd George, Lord Curzon and Arthur Balfour. The cabinet agreed that Indians might be ready to rule themselves in 500 years time. In 1943, after another British declaration promising Indians a post-war right to choose their own destiny, Lord Linlithgow, the Viceroy, in a private conversation said he did not think India would be ready to rule itself for another 50 years.

Murray Robertson thought it would be a good idea to get an MCC team to tour India and play European sides. The Europeans occasionally played with Indians, but in Calcutta they had not done so for a long time, and this tour was meant to show the English at home how strong European cricket in India had become. In the summer of 1926 Robertson was in England where he joined up with another English businessman from Calcutta, Sir William Currie, and they approached the MCC. Lord Harris, former Governor of Bombay, was President of the MCC and therefore presided over that year’s Imperial Cricket Conference.

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