June 27 down the years
Springboks clinch dramatic series win
Springboks fly-half Morne Steyn kicks the series-winning penalty against the Lions in Pretoria © Getty Images
"The Lions deserved better than they got from this game but in the end they ran out of steam in the thin air of the Highveld," reported ESPN Scrum's Graham Jenkins. "The visitors will rightly point to the alleged eye-gouging by South Africa's Schalk Burger on Lions winger Luke Fitzgerald in the opening minute of the game as a key turning point in this Test and ultimately the series. The flanker, who had moments earlier had the honour of leading his side out on the occasion of his 50th appearance in Springbok colours, was soon jogging back to the touchline after escaping with just a yellow card. But it should have been more."
Carter's sabbatical generated huge headlines throughout the rugby world, but ended in disappointment for both player and club as an Achilles injury ended his playing contribution after only five games. Perpignan went on to win the French Top 14 in his absence.
He could also kick match winning goals even though he was a lock and he was revered in Australia not just for his performances on the field but for his diplomacy off it. In 1999 he was awarded the Order of Australia for services to the community and rugby.
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Will Genia should lead the Wallabies against the Lions, Joe Tomane to win the final wing spot and Israel Folau at fullback, writes Greg Growden
"Has there ever been such a large disconnect between France's club teams and the international side?" Ian Moriarty weighs up the state of French rugby
"By carrying a Great Britain label to the Antipodes, and getting beaten by the Kiwis, they established a tradition which has lasted to this day." Huw Richards rewinds to 1888