Australia – First Test
After twelve long years, the British & Irish Lions will set out on their quest to win a series for the first time since 1997 when the first Test looms in to view in Brisbane on 22 June 2013 – the same opening Test match city and venue as the last Tour to Australia.
On that occasion, the Lions swept the Wallabies aside with four sensational tries in a 29-13 victory.
This time the Lions will have come head to head against all of Australia’s Super XV sides, putting them in prime position to face once of the greatest rugby nations in the world. The Wallabies will be in great shape for the opening salvos of the series as each side look to claim a potentially decisive series lead.
With rugby at the forefront of the Lions supporters’ minds, it’s great to know that there is plenty to do in Brisbane that can help to take minds off rugby. With sights, attractions and activities aplenty in and around the Suncorp Stadium, you can be sure that any time spent in Brisbane will be action packed and leave you wanting more.
After a seismic opening Test, the Lions have little rest period before taking on the Melbourne Rebels at the AAMI Park Stadium as the tour reaches a crescendo of action. Not included in the 2001 Lions Tour itinerary, the Rebels will be looking to make their mark against the iconic red shirt on 25 June 2013.
In the final provincial match of the Tour, the Lions will be working harder than ever to perfect every detail of their strategy and put on yet another performance that will leave Lions fans relishing the final two Tests against the Wallabies.
And it’s just as well; Melbourne is a sports mad city. Melbournians love the AFL (known to locals as the “footy”), and the Spring Racing Carnival. Nothing suits a Melbournian more than going for a beer and chatting about sport in whatever form that may be.
In addition to the love of sport, Melbourne is a cultural haven. Rich in history and development, Australia’s second biggest city is full of Victorian architecture and leafy, established streets reflect the city’s past but neighbourhoods such as Fitzroy, St Kilda and Carlton buzz with life in a city that produces some of the best music, cuisine, fashion and design anywhere in the world – never mind Australia.
So take in the views, absorb the atmosphere, and get ready for the Lions to fight on in style.
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