Rico Syme was playing social rugby last year, but a chance appearance for the schools' 1st XV boosted him towards a big future.
The Cantabrian side says they won't fall into the Lions' fast-paced trap like the Hurricanes did last week.
The team, stacked with height and pedigree, heads for Egypt today after beating Australia earlier this year.
Tane Norton captained the All Blacks to a series win over the Lions 40 years ago – and has an official bit of memorabilia to prove it.
Keagan Girdlestone, 19, was fighting for his life in an Italian hospital, but has defied medical experts with his recovery.
The Blues coach addressed mental health issues in the game in the wake of Dan Vickerman's death.
The captain of New Zealand's 1982 World Cup football team lost his battle with prostate cancer last week.