These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Lions' squad will play 10 games in New Zealand on this tour The British and Irish Lions are not only one of the biggest sporting names in rugby union, they are also arguably its premier commercial brand. It will be their first visit sincein what should be a mouth-watering series of clashes.
Get the biggest rugby stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Former Wales and Lions star Dafydd James has spoken candidly about his personal struggles at being forced into retirement, revealing he still suffers panic attacks nearly a decade after hanging up his boots.
He had injured his neck in September playing for the Scarlets, and saw his contract cancelled months later.
James, who for a long time held the record as top try scorer in the Heineken Cup, has now spoken about the personal struggles which followed his retirement, where he struggled to cope after his rugby-playing days came to an end. He admits he suffered from panic attacks and anxiety in the aftermath of his injury, and felt like he had lost his identity.
I was living the dream.
I'll be quite honest, I suffered badly: anxiety, panic attacks. I still do.
What if, when, hows. Dafydd James' career in pictures Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now "I've had a fabulous career in the sporting domain, and if I can leave a legacy for my children in another career then I will have done well.