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Graham Price

Three tours, 12 Tests (1977-83)

Three tours, 12 Tests (1977-83)

(1977: 4 Tests; 1980: 4 Tests; 1983: 4 Tests)

The 12 successive Test matches Graham Price played for the Lions make him the tourists' most-capped front row forward. His power and technique as a tighthead prop also made him the game's most respected player in his position.

Price made his Wales debut in 1975 as part of an all-Pontypool front row alongside Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner. Two years later, the "Viet Gwent" would also monopolise the Lions front row positions in three tour matches, against Counties, Bay of Plenty and Fiji.

On that 1977 tour to New Zealand and Fiji, Price confirmed his status as a world-class performer in a Test pack that was arguably the strongest the game had seen.

Strong, skilled and fearless in the scrum, the civil engineer ground down opponent after opponent and withstood everything New Zealand could throw at him.

Three years later he was a Lion again, this time testing himself against the best South African forward play could offer. Once again, over another four Tests, he proved himself a master of the tighthead's art.

On that 1980 tour , Price also proved he had expanded his range of skills to become a useful performer with the ball in hand, although the try he scored in the first Test was a more traditional forward effort as his pack drove him over after a turnover of possession in the lineout.

In 1983 , the 15-stone Welshman was still going strong at 31, and although the Lions suffered a 4-0 Test series defeat on his return to New Zealand, he again earned the respect of his opponents and the country's rugby public.

When he retired from international rugby after that series, his appearance totals emphasised the impact he had made on the game: 41 caps for Wales and 12 Tests for the Lions were both records for a prop. The latter is unlikely to be broken.

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