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Fran Cotton British Lions in New Zealand 1977

In the days before hi-tech drainage and irrigation systems were introduced into the sporting stadia of the world, rugby pitches were often more mud than grass and players from opposing teams could only be identified by their direction of travel. The image of Fran Cotton and his British Lions team mates covered in mud during the 1977 Lions tour of New Zealand beautifully captures the "muddy pitches, skulduggery in the scrum, beers after the game" nature of the amateur era and is one of the truly iconic sporting images.

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One of the truly iconic sports photographs "Rugby Mud" - 1977 Fran Cotton and the British Lions in a line-out against New Zealand juniors in Wellington, New Zealand. Code: SPGASRY002

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