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73 today: 9 reasons Willie John McBride is the greatest Lion of them all

On this day in 1940, a legend was born.

1. He knows how to handle a lion

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Like, a real live flippin’ lion

Although the springbok behind him looks a little less sedated.

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2. Nobody rocks a pipe quite like he does…

Is tha… is that TWO ‘lucky rugby coats’ I can see?

…In fact, he was Pipesmoker of the Year in 1998

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3. He kept that young Ward pup in check

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4. The gravitas of the man, he can mix in anywhere seamlessly

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5. When he’s not looking scholarly, he’s manliness personified

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I mean, look at Virginia Wade. She can barely control herself

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6. He was never shy about getting stuck in

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7. “99!”

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8. He came home with the goods

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9. He passes on the baton

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