For most, the Lions’ drawn series against New Zealand over the summer was a fantastic achievement.
But some people feel that the thrilling series warranted a definitive result, that a drawn series left too many ‘what ifs’ and that there should have been extra time to find a winner.
2003 World Cup winner Will Greenwood and former Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris, it’s fair to say, have very differing views on the series result.
In the discussion on The Offload programme on Sky Sports, former England centre Will Greenwood, who toured with the Lions three times, expresses his view that as a Lions series is different to a World Cup where you have to have a winner, there is ‘no harm’ in having a drawn series.
Going on, the 55 times-capped back points to the post-match picture of both teams mingling happily with each other and says that “the photo should be sent to every schoolkid saying that’s why rugby is such a great sport”.
But 35 times-capped Ferris who toured with the Lions in 2009 has a very different opinion on the matter to Greenwood. Saying that he “totally disagreed” with the former Leicester and Harlequins star, Ferris reckons that the Lions had “gone there to win and to create history” and that the drawn series meant that the players would have returned home saying “what if”.
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The entertaining exchange is one which has undoubtedly been had in rugby clubs all over the UK and Ireland and one which is bound to go on for years to come.