Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis is a Welshman who started a lifelong affinity with the game of rugby union after standing behind the posts at Rodney Parade, Newport, watching the fifth Springboks scrape home 3-0 in a match that the home team should have won at a canter – the record books never lie but they don’t always tell the truth! For an awestruck eleven-year-old the ‘black and ambers’ were the business; schoolwork and the opposite sex would have to wait. Then it was Wales – Gareth, JPR, Gerald and Mervyn – Barry was never good enough to tie David Watkins’ bootlaces! In 1974 two dreams were satisfied when he visited South Africa to follow Willie John McBride’s British Lions.
After writing three books on Newport RFC, followed by two on Welsh rugby, the author grabbed the bull by the horns, crossed Offa’s Dyke and took on the might of English rugby single-handedly. He lived to tell the tale and in Last of the Blue Lions completes a personal Triple Crown: books on club, country and the institution that has become the British and Irish Lions.
His previous books include Who Let The Dogs Out? – The Revival of Newport Rugby, The Priceless Gift – Wales’ International Rugby Captains and most recently One Among Equals – England’s International Rugby Captains.
Steve Lewis lives in Newport with his wife Catherine – the cat that wouldn’t take no for an answer long since consigned to the great cattery in the sky.

Ken Jones

Ken Jones was a former British Lions, Wales and Newport wing as well as a sprinter good enough to win an Olympic silver medal. He died at the age of 84 in 2006. Jones started his rugby career with local side Blaenavon and Pontypool before joining Newport in time for…

Last of the Blue Lions

In 1938 the British Lions visited South Africa to take on the team generally recognised as the best in the world and led by legendary scrum-half Danie Craven for the three match series. The task awaiting the Lions was huge and to their eternal credit they recovered after losing the…