The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Wales, Scotland and Republic of Ireland. The combined rugby union sides first started touring in 1888 onwards. The team were previously called the British Isles and on their 1950 tour they adopted the name the British Lions. The name was first used by British and South African journalists on the 1924 South African tour.
The most caps for the Lions is Willie John McBride with 17 caps. The top scorer is Andy Irvine with 274 points. The first ever match was against New Zealand side Otago winning 8-3. Their biggest win was against New Zealand side Manawatu 109-6 in June 2005. The side tour Australia, South Africa and New Zealand every four years.
The Lions have had a series of jerseys and styles. In 1910 the side had blue jerseys with white shorts and red socks. This period also saw the name change and crest adopted depicting the four unions involved. In the 1950 tour the red jersey arrived and still continues today. adidas currently sponsor the Lions jerseys. The current jersey features a traditional red colour with a white collar and the signature adidas stripes on the sleeves.