GALLERY: Lions visit former player’s grave

British & Irish Lions visited Campbells Hill Cemetery in Telarah with representatives from the ARU and government to pay their respects at the grave of the captain of the 1888 Lions, Robert Seddon, who drowned in the Hunter. Member for Newcastle Tim Owen, Lions tour manager Andy Irvine, Lions captain Sam Warburton, Lions player Manusamoa Tuilagi, and ARU President David Crombie. Picture Max Mason-Hubers British & Irish Lions visited Campbells Hill Cemetery in Telarah with representatives from the ARU and government to pay their respects at the grave of the captain of the 1888 Lions, Robert Seddon, who drowned in the Hunter. Member for Newcastle Tim Owen, Lions tour manager Andy Irvine, Lions captain Sam Warburton, Lions player Manusamoa Tuilagi (behind), and ARU President David Crombie. Picture Max Mason-Hubers
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British & Irish Lions visited Campbells Hill Cemetery in Telarah with representatives from the ARU and government to pay their respects at the grave of the captain of the 1888 Lions, Robert Seddon, who drowned in the Hunter. Lions tour manager Andy Irvine, Lions captain Sam Warburton, Lions player Manusamoa Tuilagi. Picture Max Mason-Hubers

Wanderers lunch [The Lions Share Tales and Ales] at Surf House Merewether – Wallaby legend Joe Roff guest speaker. Picture Peter Stoop

British & Irish Lions visited Campbells Hill Cemetery in Telarah with representatives from the ARU and government to pay their respects at the grave of the captain of the 1888 Lions, Robert Seddon, who drowned in the Hunter. ARU President David Crombie leading Lions tour manager Andy Irvine and member for Newcastle Tim Owen to the grave. Picture Max Mason-Hubers

British & Irish Lions visited Campbells Hill Cemetery in Telarah with representatives from the ARU and government to pay their respects at the grave of the captain of the 1888 Lions, Robert Seddon, who drowned in the Hunter. ARU President David Crombie leading Lions tour manager Andy Irvine and member for Newcastle Tim Owen to the grave. Picture Max Mason-Hubers

British & Irish Lions visited Campbells Hill Cemetery in Telarah with representatives from the ARU and government to pay their respects at the grave of the captain of the 1888 Lions, Robert Seddon, who drowned in the Hunter. Lions captain Sam Warburton. Picture Max Mason-Hubers

British & Irish Lions visited Campbells Hill Cemetery in Telarah with representatives from the ARU and government to pay their respects at the grave of the captain of the 1888 Lions, Robert Seddon, who drowned in the Hunter. Lions captain Sam Warburton. Picture Max Mason-Hubers

British & Irish Lions visited Campbells Hill Cemetery in Telarah with representatives from the ARU and government to pay their respects at the grave of the captain of the 1888 Lions, Robert Seddon, who drowned in the Hunter. Lions tour manager Andy Irvine. Picture Max Mason-Hubers

Wanderers lunch [The Lions Share Tales and Ales] at Surf House Merewether – Jim Callinan interviews Lions players Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola. Picture Peter Stoop

Wanderers lunch [The Lions Share Tales and Ales] at Surf House Merewether – Jim Callinan interviews Lions players Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola. Picture Peter Stoop

Wanderers lunch [The Lions Share Tales and Ales] at Surf House Merewether – Jim Callinan interviews Lions players Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola. Picture Peter Stoop

Wanderers lunch [The Lions Share Tales and Ales] at Surf House Merewether – Jim Callinan interviews Lions players Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola. Picture Peter Stoop

Wanderers lunch [The Lions Share Tales and Ales] at Surf House Merewether – Wallaby legend Joe Roff guest speaker. Picture Peter Stoop

ECHOES of the past gave the visiting British and Irish Lions a reason to roar last night.

Rugby union officials and touring British and Irish Lions players, including captain Sam Warburton, stood vigil in Maitland yesterday, paying their respects at the grave of former player, Robert Seddon.

Speaking after the ceremony yesterday British and Irish Lions tour manager Andy Irvine said the visit had brought the team’s illustrious history to life.

‘‘For us to come along here and pay our respects to Robert Seddon, the first captain, means a huge amount,’’ Mr Irvine said.

‘‘It will certainly be in the backs of our minds as we take the field tonight.’’

The Newcastle Herald has reported Seddon, a tall Lancashire native, captained an outfit that toured Australia’s east coast in 1888.

But he tragically drowned during a day on the Hunter River in the midst of the tour, capsizing his outrigger scull at Maitland shortly before the team was due to head to Newcastle for its next match.

Seddon and his team are considered the first incarnation of the British and Irish Lions. He was buried at Telarah’s Campbell Hill cemetery, a site Maitland’s rugby fraternity has cared for during the intervening years.

Also on Tuesday, two Lions – Mako Vunipolo and Tom Youngs – who were not part of the team that played last night, were greeted to Newcastle hospitality at a Wanderers rugby union club lunch at Merewether Surf House.

The Englishmen, who were mesmerised by the coastline on a picture-perfect day, joined a smattering of Wallabies headed by Phil Kearns, Joe Roff and Ben Darwin.

Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy was among the 200-odd guests.

Leftovers put to good use

FEEDING a team of champion rugby players – with special dietary requirements and massive appetites – is a challenge for the staff at the Novotel at Newcastle Beach.

The hotel has brought in truckloads of food to fuel the touring British Lions, but also found itself with piles of leftovers that will be put to good use by food rescue group OzHarvest.

Novotel general manager Simon Glover said looking after the Lions had meant ordering ‘‘an enormous amount of food’’.

‘‘We’ve had to err on the side of more, rather than less,’’ Mr Glover said.

‘‘It’s certainly a lot more than we would for a different group.

‘‘They are very large human beings and they also have some very strict dietary and nutritional requirements.’’

OzHarvest picked up a large amount of surplus food yesterday and will distribute it to local charities.

Oz harvest picking up Food from Novotel hotel, where the Lions are staying. Jim McNevin from Oz Harvest and Novotel executive chef Chris Stanley in the coolroom getting the leftovers. Picture Anita Jones

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