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  Friday, 10 August, 2001, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
Lions laid bare
The dejected Lions leave the field after defeat in Sydney
The dejected Lions leave the field in Sydney
Injured Pride, BBC Radio 4, Monday 13 August, 2000 BST

The tensions at the heart of the recent Lions tour of Australia are laid bare in BBC Radio 4's Injured Pride.

Programme producer Jeremy Davies describes the audio diaries of Rob Howley, Matt Dawson and others as a human drama, following the ups and downs of a tour that was at times chaotic.

The antipathy between the players and the coach becomes clear in an exclusive recording from the dressing room after the decisive Test had been lost and the series slipped away.

The muted reaction to coach Graham Henry's final words was in stark contrast to the applause that greeted assistant Donal Lenihan's speech.

Graham Henry
Graham Henry was under intense pressure
"I know it hasn't been the easiest tour of all time but that's what it's like when you tour a country like this," Lenihan told the players.

"I'd just like to sincerely thank everyone. Johnno, the management, everyone."

The Irishman then broke down in tears, saying "you couldn't have done any more boys."

Henry also praised the players' character but his words were less emotional.

"You didn't win it but you gave it your best shot," he said. "You can't ask any more than that."

There was no reaction to the New Zealander as the players struggled to come to terms with defeat.

Injured Pride gives an insight into the often-strained relationship between the players and the management.

Donal Lenihan
Donal Lenihan was emotional in defeat
Matt Dawson describes how he was forced to apologise in front of the team after coming close to being thrown off the tour for his outspoken comments in the media.

Austin Healey also incurred the wrath of the management for an article ahead of the final Test as the Lions tour party struggled to maintain a united front.

By half-time in the final Test, the scene in the dressing room was hardly one of unity as Henry and hooker Keith Wood disagreed over lineout tactics and skipper Martin Johnson implored the players to work together.

Henry made a last-ditch plea, questioning the players' character and commitment.

"Our whole character is at stake this half," he said. "The British Lions' character is at stake, whether you've got the guts or not.

"The Australians don't think you have. Have you got the character?"

Whether it was the players or the management that was to blame, the Lions lost the series and, as Davies says, they will always be known as the "nearly" Lions.

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