The HSBC Waratahs are next on the agenda for the British & Irish Lions on 15 June 2013, and they return to the big time in Sydney with the first Test a week away.
It will represent one of the final chances for players to stake their claim for a place in the first Test side but if the Lions can emerge with a victory as conclusive as their 41-24 success in 2001, they will be in great shape ahead of their showdown against the Wallabies.
Whilst the rugby is the main attraction, Sydney itself is an iconic destination, and is home to the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Dunk yourself in the Bondi surf, sail under the Harbour Bridge on a yacht, jog along the Coogee cliff tops or clip-clop through Centennial Park on horseback. Sydney is an ‘outside’ city and Lions fans will love it.
No matter when you head to Sydney your days will be active and engaging, your nights indulgent and intense.
British & Irish Lions supporters will embrace the city together, ensuring an atmosphere like no other in world rugby.
Take in Sydney, then take in the Lions as the battle against Australia edges ever closer.
The scene of one the Lions’ greatest comebacks on the 2001 Tour, their clash against the ACT Brumbies in 2013 will evoke memories of Austin Healey’s last-gasp try and Matt Dawson’s match-winning conversion 12 years earlier.
The Lions battled back to snatch a 30-28 victory and more of the same in 2013 will leave the Lions in great heart ahead of the first Test.
The ACT Brumbies – a member of the Super Series since 1996 – will be looking to inflict damage on the Lions on 18 June 2013 – ahead of the opening Test.
Whilst Lions fans know that the rugby will be fierce and competitive, Canberra, as one of Australia’s newest cities, will unexpectedly provide British & Irish Lions supporters an affinity with the Aussie capital. With Irish heritage stretching back over two decades, Lions fans will notice a wide range of sights that will evoke the feeling of Britain and Ireland, despite being thousands of miles from home. Canberra is home to the Institute of Sport, and leads the way for producing Australia’s next generation of sporting talent.
Whatever happens in the match, Canberra is full of things to see and do, and is a wonderful prospect for British & Irish Lions supporters
For the first time, the Lions have created their own travel company to bring Lions fans the Ultimate Lions Experience. You can find out more, as well as guaranteeing your place on the British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia 2013, at www.lionstour.com