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.
"Wayne Barnes' decision to give Dylan Hartley his marching orders was brave but crucially it was the correct call." Graham Jenkins reports from the Premiership final
"We wanted to get the rugby spirit across to people, I firmly believe we have been in the thick of it." Tom Hamilton speaks to the ESPN crew on the final live broadcast
With the Lions' tour to Australia fast-approaching, ESPN's Austin Healey and Mark Durden-Smith sat down to share their memories of the 2001 trip Down Under
"The fans could not be happier with the opposition and it adds an exciting element to a game that is shaping up as a thriller." Ben Kay previews the Premiership final showdown