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The Mighty Pride

Television (Full Length) – 2005

Some of the great names of international rugby can be seen both playing and reminiscing in this hour long history of British and Irish Lions tours of New Zealand. 1930 Lion Harry Bowcott is the oldest player here, conceding his side were surprised by the toughness of the New Zealand style of rugby; tough like 1950 All Black captain Ron Elvidge, who came back on to crash through a tackle and score a try, despite a fractured sternum and stitches in his head. The documentary concludes with Gavin Hastings’ 1993 Lions team. It was made as a preview for the 2005 tour.

Looking back at my career now there’s no doubt the Lions was unquestionably a massive, massive honour and way up there with the highlights of my career.
– Gavin Hastings, 1989-93 Lion

Key Cast & Crew

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David Crerar

Director, Associate Producer

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Steven Orsbourn

Producer, Cinematographer

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Peter Elliott


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Paul Anderson


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Peter Sugden

Archive Research

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Brendon Petrich

Executive Producer

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Thanks to the following collections and organisations for allowing NZ On Screen to reproduce stills and footage featured in the title on this website - Sharp Focus Ltd, NZ Rugby Museum, Peter Bush and Fairfax NZ Ltd.