Rugby’s other British Lions are on a mission to complete an even more remarkable triumph at the Tokyo Olympics.
Warren Gatland’s squad beating the world champions in South Africa after only a month together is impressive enough.
But even that would be trumped should Team GB’s sevens team, who face host nation Japan this morning, improve on the silver medal they won in Rio.
This time last year the players were told their contracts would not be renewed. Those with time still remaining on theirs were made redundant.
Casualties of the Covid cutbacks which brought rugby to its knees during a year of inactivity, the sevens programme was canned, the Tokyo dream abruptly ended.
Team captain Tom Mitchell explained: “We didn’t have a team…