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Jonny Wilkinson warns Lions to keep things simple or risk chaos of 2005

• Wilkinson says Lions can prosper in New Zealand if they heed errors of past
• Tour led by Clive Woodward ended in whitewash and derision

Jonny Wilkinson has labelled the disastrous 2005 British & Irish Lions tour under Clive Woodward as “chaos like I’d never seen before” and warned the class of 2017 to expect a similar thrashing by New Zealand if they make the same mistakes.

Wilkinson and co were hammered 3-0 in the Test series 12 years ago on a widely criticised tour that called into question the future of the Lions. Woodward picked a bloated 44-man squad containing a number of England’s World Cup winners who were past their best and a 26-man support staff, including Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell.

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