June 25 down the years
Bastareaud admits to assault lie
France's Mathieu Bastareaud admits to lying about an alleged assault whilst on tour in New Zealand © Getty Images
But Bastareaud later revealed that his injuries were caused by a fall in his hotel room stemming from having had too much to drink. Bastareaud released a statement through his club, Stade Francais, admitting his fabrication after CCTV footage reportedly surfaced showing him entering his hotel uninjured in the early hours of Sunday morning. "I want to go back on the incidents that occurred in New Zealand," his statement read. "I need to tell the truth to everyone. The claims forced a police investigation and a public apology from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Bastareaud was reportedly hospitalised with severe psychological problems on his return home and allegedly tried to commit suicide. A French Rugby Federation (FFR) disciplinary hearing later ruled that he must complete 18 activities to benefit amateur rugby by 2010 or face a three-month suspension from playing.
New Zealand levelled the series with an 11-3 victory in the second Test in Cape Town before both sides battled to an 11-11 draw in the next game in Bloemfontein. The hosts wrapped up the series with a narrow 8-3 victory in the decider in Port Elizabeth.
The 1971 captain John Dawes was chosen as coach for the 1977 trip to New Zealand, and to captain his team he chose fellow Welshman Phil Bennett. The Lions were looking for a third consecutive series victory following their success in New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974 but eventually went down 3-1 to the hosts.
Slip Carr registered the home side's only try as the South Africans won 25-10 against the Waratahs in a match that subsequently was raised to Test status by the Australian Rugby Union. (It is not, however, regarded as a Test by the South Africans.)
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