1970 Great Britain heroes to receive winners’ medals

The most successful Great Britain team in history of rugby league will be celebrated at the RL Lions Association’s reunion luncheon on Saturday, January 25.

50 years after their Ashes-winning series, the 1970 Lions will be guests of honour at the sold-out event at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford.

The Lions and their family members will receive commemorative medals presented to them by Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer.

The 1970 tourists were the last team to beat Australia in a tournament or international series: of the 25 matches they played in Australia and New Zealand, the Lions won 22, drew one and lost just one.

Rimmer said: “It will be a privilege and an honour for me to present commemorative medals to the great Johnny Whiteley, to the other Lions legends in attendance, and of course to the family members of some of the greatest players our game has known.

“Their achievements on that 1970 Great Britain tour were extraordinary and will never be surpassed. The whole of rugby league salutes them.”

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