O'Connell confirmed as Lions captain
April 21, 1900
Lions coach Ian McGeechan shakes hands with his skipper Paul O'Connell on this day in 2009 © Getty Images
The squad announcement the same day rewarded 14 players from Ireland for their Six Nations Grand Slam triumph while 13 players from Wales, eight from England and two from Scotland also got the nod. Among the high-profile omissions are a trio of Six Nations captains - England's Steve Borthwick, Wales' Ryan Jones and Scotland's Mike Blair.
The Lions lost what was a brutal series against South Africa with the Springboks claiming a 26-21 victory in Durban before claiming a decisive 28-25 win in Pretoria. The Lions gained some reward for their endeavours with a 28-9 victory in the third and final Test in Johannesburg.
Goode also kicked 18 points including the conversion of Louis Deacon's late try that sealed a first all-English final with Wasps. Mark Jones and Matt Rees scored tries for the Scarlets but they were unable to hold onto an early lead. The Tigers had lost both previous matches they had played at the Walkers Stadium, to Toulouse in the 2005 semi-finals and then to Bath in the previous season's quarters.
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