GALLERY: Fashionable fans roar at Lions game

Fans at the Combined Country v British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium, from left Rosie and Mike Green from Keswick in the UK. Picture: Peter Stoop Fans at the Combined Country v British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium, from left Lydia Copeland , Will Groome , Joe Russell , Tigger Al’Humiadhi and Ted Lee from Midlands in UK. Picture: Peter Stoop
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Fans at the Combined Country v British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium, from left Stephen Trimble and Krystal Dinh, of Newcastle. Picture: Peter Stoop

Fans at the Combined Country v British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium, from left Henry Parker , Finn Macdonald and Owen Flaherty from the Central Coast. Picture: Peter Stoop

Fans at the Combined Country v British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium, Peter Ellis of Undy Monmouthshire, Wales. Picture: Simone De Peak

Fans at the Combined Country v British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium, from left Robert Morrow with his Dad Robert Morrow both of Scotland. Picture: Simone De Peak

Fans at the Combined Country v British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium, from left Tom Hiddleston of Scotland, Finlay Miller of Scotland, Gordon Dinwoodie of Scotland and Paul Watkins of Wales. Picture: Simone De Peak

Fans at the Combined Country v British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium, from left Colin Sakoff of The Junction, Phil Oke of Kotara and Mike Barwell of Manning Point. Picture: Simone De Peak

FLUFFY lion heads, kilts and bright red locks flowing from beneath Tam O’Shanters were all the rage last night as thousands packed into Hunter Stadium to watch the might of British and Irish rugby.

Decked out in the traditional red with white stripes down the sleeve, Lions fans made sure to distinguish themselves by country.

A bunch of cheeky Scottish lads donned kilts that they threatened could be hoisted above the waist at any moment – ‘‘Braveheart style’’.

Fittingly, as the Lions starting 15 took the field an almighty roar lifted over the stadium.

Not to be outdone, the underdogs from NSW and Queensland country got a similar response from fans.

Welshman Peter Ellis and his wife Victoria wore matching Lion heads.

‘‘We got in today and we went straight down to The Brewery to meet up with some other fans and have a few beers,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve really enjoyed Newcastle but unfortunately we haven’t got you for long before we head off.’’

Hunter rugby fans Colin Sakoff, Phil Oke and Mike Barwell paid tribute to their time following Scotland during the 2003 World Cup with some traditional Scottish headwear.

‘‘The atmosphere is incredible, it’s been a really great night, Mr Barwell said.

‘‘We’re hoping to get to as many games as we can during the tour’’.

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