Gibbs' complete professionalism, rock solid defence and unbounded enthusiasm saw him become an integral part of that 1997 triumph in what was just the second series win over South Africa in the 20th century.
Four years earlier, he was a surprise starter in both the second and third Tests on the tour of New Zealand when he ousted then England captain Will Carling from the starting XV.
Despite not making the original party for the 2001 tour to Australia, Gibbs put his initial disappointment behind him to become a positive influence on the rest of the squad when called up as a late replacement for the injured Mike Catt.
In total, Gibbs played 15 times for the Lions over 12 years, winning five Test caps in the process.
Date of birth: January 23 1971
Clubs: Bridgend, Neath, Swansea, St Helens (RL), Ospreys
International caps: Wales 53 (also capped by Wales and GB at rugby league)
Height: 5ft 10in (1.78m)
Weight: 15 stone 7lbs (98kg)
Gibbsâ00 Lions lowdown
Lions debut: Versus North Harbour, Auckland, May 26, 1993
Lions Tests: 5 (2nd and 3rd Tests 1993, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tests 1997)
Lions non-Test appearances: 10
Total Lions appearances: 15 (seven in 1993, six in 1997, two in 2001)
Lions points: 15 (three tries)
Final Lions appearance: Versus ACT Brumbies, Canberra, July 3, 2001
Hereâ00s Scottâ00s view on all things Lionsâ0¦
On growing up as a Lions fan
â00I watched the 1989 Lions religiously but I can remember watching the 1980 Lions in South Africa. I remember getting up very earlier in the morning to watch the â0089 Lions series and I could see how much that meant to those guys.
â00When you become exposed to Lions rugby or international rugby you always look back and look at the successes of the Lions tours in â0071 and â0074. Before that, my dad would articulate some from the 50s and 60s.â0
On living the dream
â00In 1990/91, the year after watching the 1989 Lions tour, I was in that mÃªlÃ©e with some of those internationals who had represented them.
â00Iâ00d seen the likes of Ieuan Evans, Mike Hall, John Deveroux, Anthony Clement and Rob Jones and so on, so to be playing with them in the same Welsh team in the following couple of years was a privilege.
â00Once Iâ00d played for Wales, the next subject matter was the British & Irish Lions and by 1993 I was firmly fixed that the Lions is what it is all about.â0
On the 1993 tour to New Zealand
â00Iâ00ve got massively fond memories of 1993 even though we didnâ00t win the Test series.
â00It was initially strange to be away for nine weeks in New Zealand. Looking back now, it was probably even stranger as there was no real telecommunications through mobile phones and so forth so it was old school touring.
â00I went on that tour as an underdog and ended up playing the second third Tests. That was a great highlight for me because I remember Ian McGeechan was delighted to give me the jersey because Iâ00d earned it. I played hard, trained hard and I deserved to get there.
â00Thatâ00s one thing I learned from being with the Lions is that you get picked on merit and that was great.â0
On the 1997 triumph in South Africa
â00When that squad was announced in â0097, I think there was an element that this squad was different, this management was different, and all those elements came together to create one playing entity.
â00There was never anyone who felt alienated in any way. Thatâ00s a true strength of a squad, that inward support from everybody. That was there in abundance in â0097 and that was why it was so successful on the field and off the field. We made a lot of friendships and there was never one clique.
â00Iâ00ve got my lists of Lions laws, and togetherness was on it. There was never any question of us against them. It was all 35 preparing to beat the Springboks. Everybody played their part in that and thatâ00s why everyone can share in the delight that we won the series because it wasnâ00t done by just the team on the day.â0
On what the Lions means
â00I think the Lions has meant more to the rugby fraternity because it brings people together and thereâ00s a common goal.
â00It galvanises and brings all the Home Unions together. Itâ00s the best of the best.â0