The good name of the British and Irish Lions was further enhanced this week as Gullivers Sports Travel descended on Soweto Rugby Club along with 2,000 Lions supporters, and now thoughts are turning to Australia 2013.
The event, held prior to the final Test in Johannesburg, came about after Gullivers’ 2,000 Lions supporters were invited by the President of South Africa Rugby Union, Oregan Hoskins, to Soweto Rugby Club.
The morning began with local Soweto school children being treated to a TAG tournament and coaching clinic from South African rugby legends Peter Muller and John Allen. Then it was the turn of the seniors, when the Gullivers Barbarians took on Soweto Legends and won 25-5. The Barbarians XV were made up of Gullivers’ supporters who had volunteered to play during their tour, a Lions tradition on Gullivers’ tours, since 1989.
Off the pitch, Gullivers’ Lions fans were treated to traditional Soweto musical and dancing acts and brunch in the form of a South African ‘Spit Braai’, before a convoy of 47 police escorted coaches headed off to Coca-Cola Park to be a part of the Lions’ 28-9 win.
In way of thanking Soweto RFC for hosting the event and to give something back to South Africa’s grassroots rugby, Gullivers contributed towards the new changing facilities at the club and donated masses of kit to the players and children.
Less than a week after the 2009 Lions Tour has ended, Gullivers has already seen unprecedented interest for the 2013 Lions Tour in Australia attributed to the Lions breaking their seven Test losing streak.
Visit Gullivers’ Lions 2009 Tour to read more about the fantastic time Lions supporters had in South Africa and take a look at the photo gallery.