An “awesome spectacle” awaits fans in 2021 when the British & Irish Lions head to South Africa for their quadrennial tour. Former Springbok flank Francois Louw reckons the tourists will have a highlight demonstration against the men dressed in green and gold.
With the vastly experienced Warren Gatland leading the Lions’ charge to the Republic next year. The tourists will no doubt be a dangerous prospect as they aim to repeat the famous series of victories of 1997 and 1974. Rugby fans can book Lions vs Japan Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.
Gatland is no stranger to Louw, who played Wales seven times in his Springbok career. Each time with the experienced New Zealand coach at the helm for the Red Dragons. After Wales beat the Boks for the first time in 1999, it took them another 15 years for their second victory over South Africa, in 2014.
From that point forward and including that coordinate, where Jean de Villiers genuinely hurt his knee in Cardiff. Wales’ record against the Boks is four successes from six matches (played in Cardiff, Washington DC, London and Tokyo).
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Their solitary two annihilations came at the Rugby World Cups of 2015 (quarter-last) and 2019 (semi-last). Louw assumed a significant part in the RWC season finisher a year ago. Compelling a breakdown punishment that ultimately prompted Handré Pollard to kick the game dominating three-pointer in an exceptionally close match.
And he believes next year’s British & Irish Lions tour will again be a close contest.
“I think we can expect an exciting campaign next year and the Lions will want to prove a point,” said Louw, who recently retired from rugby, in an interview with the SA Rugby Podcast.
“I additionally figure Warren Gatland will need to demonstrate a point against South Africa. We’re the dominant world champs, and that will presumably add some strain to legitimize that title.
“The Lions will bring a lot of history and heritage. Unfortunately, I missed out on playing against them in 2009 for Western Province . Something I wished to have done. But it’s the way things panned out for me.”
Louw thinks the British and Irish Lions will go to South Africa with a highlight demonstration. They will plan to whitewash the Springboks in the three-Test arrangement. However, having been involved with the Bok squad last year and knowing the players. He doesn’t think that will happen.
“It’s an exciting prospect for any British or Irish player – to represent your country is a pinnacle. But with the Lions an extra little step is added. You’re regarded as the best,” said Louw. He has played club rugby in England with Bath for the last decade.
It’s one thing to be good enough to play for your country. But now you’re deemed to be good enough to play for a team made up of players from four countries.
It’s a level up and a big motivation for the guys over here. They all want to play for the Lions. And hope to be selected to play in a Test in the red jersey. I’m sure they will be relishing the opportunity to play in South Africa.
Obviously, a big bulk of the team is usually made up of English players. And with us having beaten them in the World Cup final last year. I think they will have a point to prove. Those players become a different team when they wear the Lions shirt.
They are a good outfit and have always been. But it’s a tough tour with some midweek games thrown in. So they will probably go to South Africa with almost two full squads.
“To have the next tour in South Africa is exciting for the fans too. They are looking forward to going to South Africa and I think it has the potential to be an awesome spectacle.”
The initial eight web recordings – additionally accessible on Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple Podcasts – include Rassie Erasmus; Branco du Preez, Aled Walters and Jacques Nienaber; Cheslin Kolbe and Handre Pollard; Bongi Mbonambi, Malcolm Marx and Schalk Brits; Joel Stransky; Jurie Roux. Mark Andrews.
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