Former Ireland and British & Irish Lions wing Tommy Bowe
have warned the visitors to expect a tough series against the Springboks during
their 2021 tour of South Africa.
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He started all three Tests against the Boks, but Bowe most
vividly remembers the thrilling second Test, when the hosts claimed a 28-25
victory at Loftus Versfeld thanks to Morne Steyn’s long-range penalty winner.
Speaking to the Lions website, Bowe recalled his feelings on
that day and the incredible atmosphere created by the supporters.
‘It’s going to be an incredible series and it will be
incredibly difficult for the Lions,’ Bowe told the Lions website.
‘My memories of that 2009 Tour are just that second Test – I
will never forget the bus going to the stadium in Pretoria. I’ve never seen
passion from a crowd like I saw that day going into the stadium in Pretoria –
people were shaking the bus and shouting all sorts!
‘The reverberation of the crowd in the changing room of the
stadium was just outrageous – you could just feel the supporter’s right
Bowe added that the World Cup-winning Springbok side with the
likes of Cheslin Kolbe and Pieter-Steph du Toit will put the Lions through a
tough series next year.
‘The Lions are going to be up against the world champions,
and South Africa showed that they’re ruthless, physical and a match for anyone.
The way they played against England in the World Cup Final, they just showed
how difficult they are to play against.
‘I think Pieter-Steph du Toit is just an absolute machine,
and of course, they’ve also got Cheslin Kolbe, who’s at the opposite end of the
spectrum size-wise but is just so gifted. He’s somebody who, the minute he gets
the ball in his hands, can get the whole crowd on their feet to see what he can
do. They have no shortage of talent in their team, so it’s going to be an
Scott Robertson has uncovered that he moved toward Warren
Gatland about going along with him on the British and Irish Lions visit through
South Africa one year from now.
The Crusaders mentor says he’s enthusiastic about getting global training experience subsequent to passing up the All Blacks’ top activity to Ian Foster. Rugby fans can book British and Irish lions tour tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Talking on the Country Sport Breakfast on Gold AM, Robertson
said he got some information about going along with him on the visit and
offered his administrations.
“When I missed the All Blacks work I really connected
with Gats and inquired as to whether I could go on that visit,” he said.
“I figured, look on the off chance that I can’t be engaged with the All
Blacks, what’s the greatest thing – or really greater in its own self the Lions
visit – to get included.
“I said ‘look, I couldn’t imagine anything better than
to support you on the off chance that I can’.”
Robertson, who drove the Crusaders to their fourth
consecutive Super Rugby title this year, said his solicitation has been taken
to Lions the executives.
“I’m pausing. We’ll see what occurs,” he said.
“Clearly there’s a great deal to work out with Covid and the British and
Irish Lions visit. However, we had a couple decent discussions since and he
must experience his line of the executives to settle on a choice.
“Something that truly drives me and propels me is likely
to learn and comprehend. Clearly Gats has been enormously fruitful at the
universal level as a mentor so he’s an individual to learn off and furthermore
permits me to not need to go seaward to really mentor and get that global
The 45-year-old, who many accepted merited the All Blacks
training work over Foster, said he’s glad at the Crusaders however is available
to instructing abroad later on.
“From an individual note, I have a youthful family. I
couldn’t want anything more than to remain with the Crusaders as long as could
reasonably be expected but at the same time I’m very careful about planning of
jobs on the worldwide market and what occurs over in Europe.
“One reason I played in France is so I could learn
French to mentor there one day. In the event that that is the best thing and
the correct planning, at that point extraordinary. I are very brave.”
In the interim, South African rugby supervisor Jurie Roux has
raised questions about following year’s Lions visit, saying it could be
deferred if fans can’t make a trip because of the worldwide pandemic.
Roux said the arrangement planned for July 2021 won’t be
monetarily reasonable if fans aren’t permitted to go to games due to Covid-19
“We are clearly taking a gander at various possibilities
around what occurs if Covid proceeds in the manner that it right now
does,” Roux revealed to SA Rugby Mag.
“Clearly, first prize is that that doesn’t occur. Second
prize is that there are a few limitations, and we can oversee in those
“To be reasonable, no onlookers and a failure for
individuals to travel would monetarily not make this practical and there would
be a genuine reevaluation on how we at that point proceed as far as the
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As the 2021 British and Irish Lions visit looms, South Africa’s players should recover a physical and mental edge, composes previous Springbok chief JEAN DE VILLIERS in the most recent SA Rugby magazine. Rugby fans can book British and Irish lions tour tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
It’s acceptable to see that the British and Irish Lions visit
to South Africa will proceed as booked one year from now. The South African
Rugby Union just as the travel industry will positively profit by the matches
arranged around the nation.
The neighborhood players a large portion of who have been
hanging tight their entire professions for this chance will get the chance to
handle the acclaimed composite side from the northern half of the globe.
All things considered, South African rugby will confront
various extraordinary difficulties ahead of the pack up to the Lions arrangement
in 2021. While serious rugby has just continued in Australasia and will restart
in the UK and Europe this August, it is not yet clear whether the dispatch of a
South African household competition will be additionally deferred.
Without a doubt, as the many months pass by, one thinks about
what number of Tests the Springboks will play this season. The direst outcome
imaginable could see Jacques Nienaber training the side just because of the
Lions on 24 July 2021.
Players must concentrate on controlling the controllable for
the present. There will consistently be outside weights and difficulties, and
players must acknowledge that specific circumstances for example, the current emergency
is outside their ability to control.
South Africa’s players will come back to play far later than
their worldwide partners. Subsequently, they will make them make up for a lost
time to do concerning molding and group cooperative energy. On the off chance
that the Rugby Championship proceeds this year, the All Blacks and Wallabies
will have a bit of leeway over the Boks in these regards.
There’s nothing the South African mentors and players can do
about that, however. They should center on the structure towards a greater
It’s urging to imagine that the Boks met up in mid-2018 and
figured out how to make something happen over about a year and a half. They
were confronted with various difficulties, and time was unquestionably against
them, yet that procedure finished in the group winning the World Cup. Presently
we’re going to see them getting ready for a Lions arrangement in less than a
How might they make the best of the circumstance? As I’ve
referenced in past segments, I’d love to see everybody included going all out
to make this residential rivalry one recollect.
We perceived how the New Zealand open reacted in the early
adjusts of Super Rugby Aotearoa this previous June. It is incredible to see the
South African fans when the conditions permit it – turning out in their
thousands to help nearby sides stacked with Boks.
Those residential matches will be about far beyond results.
They will twofold as national preliminaries. Each of the six establishments
will be included, and where conceivable, the people pulling the strings should
hope to reinforce the more fragile groups.
On the off chance that the Kings, for instance, can’t handle
a serious side, for what reason shouldn’t a third-or fourth-decision player
from another establishment join the Eastern Cape crew on credit? At last, we
ought to utilize this opposition to give all of South Africa’s best players
however much game time as could be expected.
All in all, we ought to be hoping to recapture our physical
and mental edge after months from the game. We should show the world that we
have the drive and abilities to be a power, paying little mind to the
difficulties that come to our direction.
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Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee has promised the British &
Irish Lions that their visit to Durban in 2021 will be delightful away from the
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On the field, at Jonsson Kings Park, Coetzee has forewarned
the best of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland to expect no favours when the
Cell C Sharks host the famed men in red on 10th July.
Coetzee joined the chorus of every other influential rugby
voice in South Africa in urging rugby supporters in KwaZulu-Natal to register
ticket interest and ensure that the black and white colours of the home team
snuffs out the expected travelling Lions sea of red.
The Lions, in 2009, hammered the Sharks 39-3 but lost to John
Smit’s Springboks 26-21 in the first Test in Durban. Smit was outstanding, the
Boks were brutal and the Lions simply refused to go away, despite the imposing
Springboks start. The occasion rocked. It was a form of redemption for the
Springboks after the Lions had claimed a series win against the Springboks at
the same ground in 1997.
I was in the press box on both occasions but nothing could
match the intensity of the 1997 evening when Lions and England midfielder
Jeremy Guscott kicked a late drop-goal to beat the Boks 18-15.
The Boks infamously scored three tries to nil but lost to
five Neil Jenkins penalties and Guscott’s magical three-pointer. Guscott’s
midfield partner, Welshman Scott Gibbs, was thunderous in the Test and famously
bounced Os du Randt. It was the first time I’d seen Os hammered in contact and
the only other time I’d see the iconic Bok prop put on his backside in the
tackle was when Samoan giant Henry Tuilagi introduced himself to Os and every
Bok at the 2007 World Cup opener in Paris.
Durban hummed for the tourists in 1997 after their shock
victory and while there was South African sanity in 2009, what still rankled
with the South African players was the
sea of red at their home stadiums, be it the Tests or tour
Springbok lock legend Victor Matfield, in a recent interview,
spoke about the Durban Test in 2009 and also the bizarre experience of running
out at his home ground Loftus Versfeld and hardly seeing a Springbok jersey in
“We could have been playing at Twickenham or Cardiff,” said
Matfield. ”I had never seen so much travelling support at a South African
Sharks players, involved in the 2009 match against the Lions,
also speak about the absolute hollowness of trying to find their supporters
among the sea of red.
Coetzee is adamant that there can’t be a repeat of 2009 in 2021.
“This has to be a home game for the Sharks and the Lions must
know that they’ve been in a game against one of the best teams in Super Rugby.
There has to be a collective coming together of Sharks and South African
supporters. We simply can’t be outnumbered at Jonsson Kings Park,” said
Coetzee. “We know that the Lions supporters come en-masse but on the 10th July,
it has to be one where black and white dominate in the stands.
“We have a wonderful rugby culture and our current squad is
exceptionally talented. We will show the Lions and their supporters the most
amazing time as hosts, but for 80 minutes they must know they are playing an
Registration for the ticket ballot is the only way to stand a
chance of getting a ticket and the rugby folk of Durban have to up their game.
In the past few months, more than 40 000 South Africans registered an interest
for tickets, but only five per cent were from KwaZulu-Natal.
“We are busy announcing all our players who have committed
past 2021, with many signing beyond 2023, so we will have a competitive team
capable of performing against the best Europe can offer,” said Coetzee. “There
are few occasions that can match a Sharks rugby occasion when the home support
fills the stands. The rugby is always good and the party goes on late into the
night. It is one of the great experiences for any rugby player.”
The Lions in the professional era have beaten the Sharks
42-12 (1997) and 39-3 (2009) in Durban and won one and lost one against the
Springboks at Jonsson Kings Park.
Full 2021 tour schedule:
Saturday 3 July: British & Irish Lions vs DHL Stormers –
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Wednesday 7 July: British & Irish Lions vs South Africa
Invitational – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Saturday 10 July: British & Irish Lions vs Cell C Sharks
– Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Wednesday 14 July: British & Irish Lions vs South Africa
A – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Saturday 17 July: British & Irish Lions vs Vodacom Bulls
– Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Saturday 24 July (first Test): Springboks vs British &
Irish Lions – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Saturday 31 July (second Test): Springboks vs British &
Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Saturday 7 August (third Test): Springboks vs British &
Irish Lions – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg.
Former Wales wing Shane Williams has opened up on his pride
of wearing a British & Irish Lions jersey during their tour of New Zealand
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In an interview with the Lions website, the short wing
recalled feeling like a giant when he was able to pull on the famous red shirt
in a historic warm-up match against Argentina in Cardiff.
‘To put the Lions jersey on for the first time, I remember
putting it on and feeling 12 feet tall,’ Williams told the Lions website.
‘To play for Wales was my dream as a kid and I knew all about the history of
‘But I never thought for one minute that I would play for
Wales, let alone the Lions. So, when the chance comes along you’re pinching
yourself, you are.
‘When I put that jersey on for the Argentina game, I was so
proud. It didn’t matter who we were playing, where we were playing, I was so
‘The fact that we were playing at the Millennium Stadium was
huge because I knew we would have a lot of Welsh fans there. It was at my home
stadium and I just couldn’t wait to go. It was a huge honor and it was a capped
game as well, so that’s a Lions international Test cap. I’m very proud of that
moment and to have my family there watching, it was huge.’
During the tour, Williams would make a small bit of history
by equalling a single-game Lions record when he scored five tries in a midweek
match against Manawatu.
‘Every time I put the Lions jersey on, whether it be against
the All Blacks, South Africa, Manawatu, Otaga, whatever, I was beaming that I’d
made it and had that opportunity,’ Williams said.
‘I was put in that Lions squad to score tries, that’s my job.
I suppose I’m the Messi or Shearer of rugby. When it comes to football they are
there to score goals, I’m there to score tries. Every time there was a game for
the Lions I would put my hand up, I wanted to play. I’d play every single game
if the coaches would let me.’
However, the rest of the tour would not go to plan for the
Lions as they were handed a 3-0 series defeat by an All Blacks side inspired by
the likes of Dan Carter and Sitiveni Sivivatu.
‘We were completely outplayed – New Zealand in 2005 was
probably one of the best All Black teams I played against,’ Williams explained.
‘We were outmuscled, we were outfought, they were absolute class. I remember
playing in that second Test and Dan Carter was everywhere. It was probably his
best game in a New Zealand shirt I’d say, he was scoring points for fun.
‘They were incredible on that tour. Not only were the Test
games tough, the midweek matches as well were so physical, so hard, but that’s
life. Sometimes you come up against better teams, better players and you learn
a lot from it. I like to think I learned a lot from that tour and wouldn’t
change it – it’s been and it’s gone.’
UK rugby scribe Daniel Schofield believes English Premiership
clubs must provide proper time for rest to its leading players, especially in
the lead-up to the British & Irish Lions tour next year.
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In his column in the Telegraph, Schofield writes that
clubs’ failure to give players significant rest could be disastrous to the
Lions’ cause for their much-anticipated tour of South Africa next year.
‘Of the original 41-man squad who went to New Zealand in June
2017, 19 had suffered significant injuries by Christmas. Two players, captain
Sam Warburton and Jared Payne, would be forced to retire in the subsequent
months,’ Schofield writes.
‘This, of course, was after a “normal” season. One cannot
help but shudder at the prospect of the carnage that will ensue 12 months from
now following the schedule from hell that begins with the resumption of the
Premiership season a week on Friday. For leading European players, there follow
52 consecutive weeks of action, which conclude with the third Lions Test
against South Africa on 7 August 2021.
‘In that period, some Premiership clubs may play seven games
in 28 days before some of those same players are thrust into six internationals
in seven weeks as the next domestic campaign begins.
‘Of course, no one wanted this schedule, brought about by the
Covid-19 pandemic. Fitting overlapping calendars into the next 12 months is a
huge feat of logistical planning in itself. But the next administrator who
dares utter the bare-faced lie that “player welfare is our No 1 priority”
should be put in stocks and pelted with rotten vegetables for all 52 of those
‘The question is, not whether players will be broken, but of
mitigating against the inevitable damage. After concluding a bruising war over
pay cuts, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association are in negotiations
with the Rugby Football Union over establishing further safeguards to player
Chiefs head coach Warren Gatland has revealed he would
“absolutely” like to return to the Hamilton franchise next year should the 2021
British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa be cancelled.
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He is then expected to return to see out the final two years
of his four-year deal with the two-time Super Rugby champions. Maori
All Blacks and Bay of Plenty coach Clayton MacMillan signing a
one-year contract to fill the void left by Gatland next season.
Should the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to wreak havoc
in South Africa, force the cancellation of the tour to the Republic. Gatland
said he would relish the opportunity to return to the Chiefs.
The Lions tour was given the go-ahead three weeks ago. This
allows some “certainty” for the multitude of fans expected to travel from the
There are over half a million coronavirus cases in South
Africa. There is plenty of uncertainty about the feasibility of the eight-match
tour. Tour is scheduled to kick-off against the Stormers in Cape Town
on July 3.
“It’s something we
haven’t talked about. I’d have to do it for free, probably, I won’t get paid,”
Gatland said when asked on Friday if he would like to stay involved in the
Chiefs’ plans next season if the Lions tour is called off.
But absolutely. In these last seven or eight weeks, I’ve
learnt a lot about the players. What sort of things you’d do differently, what
things you would continue with. Working with the other coaches, hopefully, the
things that we’ve learnt collectively will be beneficial for next year.
“So [if he’s with the Lions] it’s going to be a challenge.
Would I like that continuity? I would. But we’re still day by day and we’re
seeing what’s going to be happening in that space going forward.”
Gatland will head to the UK early next month ahead of the
2020-21 domestic season. He begins to prepare for the tour as the Lions eye
their first series win over the Springboks since 1997.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, will look to register their
first Super Rugby Aotearoa win in their final game of the season against
the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.
The British & Irish Lions Charitable Trust has announced
a new board of trustees with former Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton among
those joining with immediate effect.
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England’s 2003 World Cup winner Richard Hill and Scotland and
Lions legend Gavin Hastings are also involved.
Established in 2002, the Lions Charitable Trust focuses on
providing financial support for the home unions’ funds for injured players and
offering assistance to Lions who may have fallen on hard times.
Warburton won the first of his 74 caps for Wales in 2009 and
went on to skipper his country 49 times in a stunning nine-year international
At the age of 24, Warburton was made the youngest ever Lions
captain for the victorious 2013 tour to Australia. He also led the Lions again
four years later in New Zealand as the sides drew 1-1.
Warburton said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Lions
Charitable Trust at an incredibly exciting time for the charity and help lead
it on the next stage of its development.
“The work of the Trust is incredibly important in providing
help to support former Lions in hardship.
“I look forward to working with the other Trustees and Lions
staff to build on the excellent work that has already been carried out to
Shane Whelan, Secretary of the Lions Charitable Trust, said:
“We are delighted to appoint Fergus Slattery as Chairman and such an esteemed
cohort of Trustees.
“Their knowledge and network, which spans four generations of
Lions, will be an exceptional asset as we develop the Trust and ensure it is in
the best possible position to support worthy causes and former Lions in times
Slattery added: “I am honored to have been selected to join
the new Board and to take on the role of Chairman. The Trust is at an important
point in its development and has a great opportunity to build its influence in
the world of rugby.
“I am excited to work alongside my fellow trustees and to be
supporting the organization and its vital work.”