Scotland and British & Irish Lions great Gavin Hastings admits that the Lions victory over New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday will live with everyone who was there “for a very long time”.

And he believes that the passion shown by the players and the atmosphere in the ground as the series was tied at 1-1 shows that the Lions ‘brand’ still has a big part to play in modern rugby going forward.

The former full-back captained the Lions on the 1993 tour of New Zealand, and led the side to victory in their own second Test in Wellington.

And he told the BBC: “For people who have been with the Lions and are as passionate about the Lions as I am, we feel there is no debate – the Lions should continue.

“It’s incredibly tough for the players and management to try and be successful against one of the best teams in the world, but when it happens it makes it all worthwhile.

“To Premiership club owners, you have to say ‘guys, the Lions is bigger than your clubs’.

“That final whistle [of the 24-21 second Test win] will be a moment that will live with everyone who was there for a very long time.

“We are all supporters. To share in that joy of victory was amazing, and it will show the Lions has to stay.”

Supporters are pictured celebrating the victory by David Gibson/FOTOSPORT

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