All of this has been uncovered in a fascinating new book, Operation Blackwash
, written by Ron Nixon, an African-American journalist at The New York Times.
Matching the Welsh crowd's expectation that there was to be no blackwash
, he blew kisses and shadow-boxed on the big screen.
GRAHAM HENRY wished Sir Clive Woodward good luck in his new job at Southampton after watching his side complete a Blackwash
of the Lions.
His charges into open space, breaking the gain-line, ensured he was one of the few Lions to return from the ill-fated Blackwash
tour to New Zealand in 2005 with an enhanced reputation.
The Red Rose boss, staring down the barrel of a 3-0 Blackwash
, had his hand forced over half-back selection, with Owen Farrell and Danny Care ruled out by injury.
The lessons of the Blackwash
have to be shared around the whole of British and Irish rugby.
The news came as a blow to England's hopes of avoiding a 3-0 series Blackwash
, especially as halfback partner Danny Care has himself "at best" only a 50 per cent chance of being fit.
Alfie' was the man who took over the Lions' captaincy armband from O'Driscoll on the now infamous blackwash
tour to New Zealand.
Holding up a copy of heavily censored report, he added: "I've heard of a report being a whitewash, but this is more of a case of a blackwash
The All Blacks played some great stuff and will surely go on to complete a blackwash
and win their own Grand Slam, something their coach Graham Henry has set his heart on.
A 3-0 Blackwash
that saw New Zealand score 12 tries to three from the Lions and win by an aggregate of 67 points spelled humiliation for Lions coach Woodward as he bade farewell to rugby.