Unique Lions ball comes up for auction
October 12, 1999

A ball signed by every member of the 1994 unbeaten Lions team is to be auctioned for a Down's Syndrome charity
It is believed to be the only ball signed by all 31 players on that tour.

Team captain and Irish rugby legend Willie John McBride arranged the signing of the ball when the squad met for a 25th Anniversary celebration earlier this year.

McBride was asked to collect the signatures by a Belfast man who's three year old son, Ryan Craig, has Down's Syndrome.

Money raised will be split between the Down's Syndrome Association and a MENCAP pre-school nursery which Ryan attends.

Bids are being accepted by e- mail to swaights@downs- syndrome.org.uk.

Bids, once placed, are binding and the highest bidder will be informed by the end of February

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