Who is the oldest player to play for the British Lions?

Former England and Leicester back row forward Neil Back is the oldest player to represent the British Lions in a Test match, having played for the British and Irish Lions on three separate tours.

He made his Lions debut during the 1997 tour of South Africa and played in all three Tests, helping the Lions win the series.

Back was selected for the 2001 tour of Australia, playing in all three Tests once again, although the Lions lost the series.

His final Lions tour was in 2005, when he was selected as part of the squad to tour New Zealand, playing in the opening test match at Lancaster Park in Christchurch, which the All Blacks won 21-3.

The World Cup winning openside flanker was 36 years and 160 days old when he played in the Test Match against the All Blacks.

Back is one of only six players to have won the Heineken Cup (European club rugby’s top prize) and the Rugby World Cup, achieving the feat in 2003 with club side Leicester Tigers and the England national team, respectively.

He was known for his tenacity and work rate on the field, and was a key member of the England team that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

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