I always remember a rugby icon years ago telling me that the LIONS was the SAS of rugby in his opinion.

If that’s the case, then being chosen must be the equivalent of passing SAS selection.

Going on tour and then becoming a LIONS test player must therefore be the equivalent of going on your first SAS operation.

A massive stride for any young rugby player…”always a little further.”

Here’s to those that go on to make that massive stride, and congratulations to all who have been chosen as a member of the British and Irish Lions 2021

Bob Shepherd

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Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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