The British & Irish Lions jersey for the 2021 tour of South
Africa has been unveiled with the design celebrating the journey a player must
undergo to reach the pinnacle of the games
Designed and manufactured by the Lions’ official apparel
sponsor, Canterbury, the new Pro jersey was unveiled on Thursday and
will go on sale in South Africa on Friday.
With the Lions squad recognized as being made up of the best
players, the iconic red jersey’s new design features a striking graphic on the
shoulders, comprising a multitude of individual pieces that come together to
form the image of a lion. Symbolizing the origins of the players and those who
have helped them to reach the pinnacle of the game, each piece pays homage to every
teammate, club coach, family member, and friend who helped them along the way.
Canterbury confirmed that the design celebrates the journey a
player must undergo to reach the very top of the game, as well as those who
have helped them get there.
Commenting on the jersey, Lions coach Warren Gatland said:
‘The jersey looks awesome and I think Lions supporters, as well as the players,
are going to love it, too. Canterbury, as we have become accustomed to, has
done a great job yet again.
‘Some of the best experiences I’ve had as a Lions coach have
been looking out across a stadium ahead of a match and seeing a “Sea of Red”
Lions jerseys. Entire stands turned red; it’s an incredible thing to witness
and creates an atmosphere that is truly unique to the Lions.’
The Pro jersey is the Lions’ most sustainable ever, with the
main body made up of 100% recycled polyester and is available in men’s, women’s,
and junior sizes, allowing supporters to be part of the pride and show their
Canterbury has also launched the largest-ever range of Lions’
training and off-field supporter wear, with a total of 112 items. This includes
three times as many women’s products than previously and its biggest-ever
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Today, on Friday 7th August 2020, we mark what would have
been this year’s official opening night of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
In April 2020 we took the sad decision to cancel this year’s Show. We did however want to mark what would have been opening night, with a special nod to those who make the Tattoo special.
On a usual opening weekend, we’d begin a 25-night run of
welcoming audience members from around the world to take their seats on the
iconic Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Guests would have the chance to feast
their eyes on the spectacular sight of the massed pipes and drums, traditional
highland dance and fiddle, and the wonderful talents of cultural acts from all
corners of the globe.
In this, the year of our 70th anniversary, we are particularly sad not to celebrate with you in person. August isn’t the same without our audiences, performers, and staff coming together on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, every person makes the Show special.
Buster Howes, CEO of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo,
said: “I’m immensely proud to have recently taken the reigns of this
iconic Show. The audiences we welcome year on year are hugely important to us
and we want to acknowledge the continued support on what should have been the
opening night of our 70th anniversary Show. Despite the very difficult
circumstances, we’re working hard to find imaginative and creative ways to
bring you flavors of the Show that you know and love.”
We can’t wait to welcome you all back in 2021. Keep an eye on
our social channels and website for On Sale ticket updates.
The British & Irish Lions will play a rugby event
against Japan in Edinburgh next June before embarking on an eight-game tour of
It will be just the third home test for the Lions and the
first against Japan. Lions head coach Warren Gatland said the World Cup
quarter-finals would offer a tough test before his team faces World Cup
champion, South Africa, in a three-round series.
“We saw Japan play excellent rugby during the World Cup and they will come to Edinburgh fully motivated to win,” Gatland said. “They are a talented team playing high-paced rugby, so it will be a good challenge for us before the tour and an opportunity for the team of the day to raise their hands for the test selection.”
Japan’s head coach Jamie Joseph said the June 26 game would be an “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our players, and we can’t wait for it to come.”
British & Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions played in Cardiff against a
World XV in 1986 and Argentina in 2005. The Lions team made up of players
selected from the so-called local nations of England, Ireland, Scotland, and
Wales, generally tour the southern hemisphere every four years. The first of
the 13 tours to South Africa was in 1891.
The Lions will kick off their 2021 tour with a game against
the Stormers in Cape Town on July 3. The series of three tests will begin in
Johannesburg on July 24.
South Africa announced last week that it was withdrawing
from the 2020 Rugby Championship that would begin in Australia due to concerns
for the well-being of the players following the long break from the COVID-19
pandemic. The Springboks have not played an international game since defeating
England in the final of the Rugby World Cup in Japan last November.
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The British and Irish Lions have opened the entryway for a
future visit through Japan after reporting just the third home coordinate in
their famous history against the Brave Blossoms the following summer.
Warren Gatland’s side will confront Japan at Murrayfield on
26 June the very day as the Premiership last and keeping in mind that they will
do as such with no England players, the apparatus will fill in as a key aspect
of the Lions’ arrangements before confronting the titleholders.
The outing to South Africa will be the first since the San
Francisco understanding in 2017 when it was chosen by the game’s powerbrokers
that visits would be sliced to eight matches. That gathering was disputable because
the Lions were not appropriately spoken to and keeping in mind that the
Murrayfield coordinate expands the number of installations to nine, the
Premiership clubs’ refusal to make any of their player’s accessible shows
further how the Lions are getting progressively minimized.
Their put on the worldwide timetable is, at any rate, ensured
up to 2032, as indicated by the San Francisco arrangement; however, the
worldwide schedule is easily proven wrong with various associations anxious to
move the current summer window to October. Should that occur, a visit through
Japan which solidified itself as rugby’s greatest new transmission market
during a year ago’s World Cup could draw nearer to turning out to be a reality.
The Lions’ overseeing chief, Ben Calveley, stated:
“We’re building up a relationship here with Japan; this is the first
occasion when that the Lions has played against Japan and it will be a
memorable Test. My view is that the Lions can offer a horrendous part to the
development of the worldwide game and we ought to consider how best it can do
“I will keep on speaking to the Lions admirably well
inside those worldwide arrangements when they occur, while the Lions might not
have been straightforwardly spoken to in the room beforehand, we are presently
legitimately spoken to and I make all the focuses that I require to make as many
of those worldwide season exchanges happen.”
Calveley likewise uncovered that Gatland, who has spent the
previous month going to a large group of club matches, will defer naming his
associate mentors until the New Year yet affirmed conversations had opened with
the home associations.
Four years prior, Gatland needed Gregor Townsend, who had
quite recently been delegated Scotland’s lead trainer, to be important for his
reserved alcove staff however he was unable to make sure about his delivery.
Calveley, however, is hopeful no such issues will happen this time. The Ireland
lead trainer, Andy Farrell, has been important for the instructing group for as
far back as two visits, and keeping in mind that he as of late said he has not
been drawn nearer by Gatland he didn’t preclude a third Lions trip.
Calveley likewise said club mentors will likewise be thought
of, raising the possibility of the Crusaders’ Scott Robertson, who has
communicated an intrigue, Stuart Lancaster from Leinster or Exeter’s Rob Baxter
Calveley stated: “What Warren and I have been doing is getting round the lead trainers and the CEOs from every one of the four associations and I can affirm they’re all amazingly strong, as you would anticipate that they should be because they comprehend the estimation of the Lions.
“I don’t believe there’s any presumption the mentors need to originate from inside the association builds, they could emerge out of a club climate.
“We’re open we’re keen on designating mentors that can assist us with winning in South Africa and that are the principal measures. Anybody that can assist us with winning these Test matches would be intriguing to Warren and eventually, it’s his call.”
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The star attraction was the return of the Six Nations, as
Round 4 concluded more than seven months after it began. However, Ireland
wasted no time in shedding any signs of rust as they racked up 50 points in a
complete win over Italy, leaving them a clear point at the top heading into
Super Saturday next weekend.
Leinster winger Hugo Keenan took an international bow to
remember, crossing two of Ireland’s seven attempts, while fellow rookie Will
Connors also landed in a man of the match display. CJ Stander, who scored
against the Blues on the 2017 Tour and participated in the third round, and
two-time Lions tourist Johnny Sexton added their names to the roster while
Sexton contributed 13 points off the tee.
The victory came at a cost for Ireland, who saw Garry
Ringrose leave the field with a broken jaw that will likely keep him out for
about six weeks. Ringrose was replaced on Saturday by 2017 tourist Robbie
Henshaw, while fellow center Bundee Aki scored as he looks to pressure home
with his own Lions credentials.
Of the other Lions on display in Dublin, Conor Murray had a
steady play in the scrum-half after an early sin fall and Peter O’Mahony came
off the bench to set up Aki’s score with a good volley.
Andy Farrell’s men now have their fate in their own hands
heading into next weekend’s grand final and they know that an extra point’s
victory against France will win them the Championship. If Ireland wins without
a bonus point, their fate would depend on England’s result in Italy, although
the men in green enter Round 5 with a point difference higher by a margin of
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Wales kicked off Super Saturday next weekend and prepared
for their clash against Scotland with a trip to Paris, where they found a
French team in top form.
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones equaled Richie McCaw’s record
of 148 test matches, nine of which have occurred throughout three Lions Tours,
and his team got off to a dream start when tourist Leigh Halfpenny of 2017
crossed in the second minute.
Teammate Leon Dan Biggar converted before adding a penalty
to put Wales 10-0 up, but an Antoine Dupont-inspired France responded in style.
The scrum-half scored twice and helped prepare two more attempts for the hosts,
who were left with 38-21 winners.
Jones made no excuses and urged his team to improve next
weekend when the 35-year-old will become the most capped international player
in rugby history. The Wales captain was one of eight Lions in the starting XV
in Paris, where Jonathan Davies made his first international appearance since
the 2019 World Cup bronze medal match.
Visitors to Wales next weekend, Scotland, were in action on
Friday night and made eight attempts throughout a 48-7 win over Georgia at BT
Murrayfield. Duhan van der Merwe scored on his debut for Gregor Townsend’s team
and there were twos for acting Captain Fraser Brown and Darcy Graham.
The match was also notable for Finn Russell’s return to
international rugby, with the talented fly-half coming off the bench to win his
50th call-up for Scotland without having played since last year’s World Cup. Russell
was called up as a cover on the 2017 Tour, making a brief appearance off the
bench against Hurricanes, and is looking forward to a chance to shine in South
Africa next summer.
Another Lion on his way back is Liam Williams, who played
for the second time this year when the Scarlets beat Benetton 10-3 in a
cautious Guinness PRO14 affair on Friday night. The 29-year-old, who helped set
up one of the best attempts in Lions history for Sean O’Brien in Test 1 in
2017, played the first 66 minutes at Treviso and hopes to play for Wales throughout
Chiefs at the double
Elsewhere on the home front, Exeter Chiefs added the Premiership title to the European Challenge Cup they won last weekend to complete a memorable double. The Chiefs beat the Wasps 19-13 in torrential rain at Twickenham, with England star Henry Slade scoring a good individual try in the first half.
Jacob Umaga responded with a score for the Wasps, but Joe Simmonds’ dependable boot took Exeter out after the break and the Chiefs became the fourth English club to score a national and European double.
Stuart Hogg, a member of the Lions’ touring group in 2013
and 2017, started as a winger for the new English champions, while Jack Nowell,
who participated in two 2017 events, lined up on the wing and assisted in
Slade’s attempt. Nowell will now undergo the upcoming Miss England Fall
Internationals to undergo surgery on a toe injury, having played through the
pain barrier to participate in the Exeter final.
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will donate £340,000 to
military charities across the UK this year, as it also sets out its intention
to go on sale for the 2021 Show.
Despite this year’s show being canceled in light of Covid-19,
we’re committed to continuing our charitable support; with this latest donation
bringing our total charitable contributions to more than £12.3 million since
the event began in 1950.
The sum of £300,000 will be awarded to eight Armed Services
beneficiaries including ABF the Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy, and Royal
Marines Charity, The Army Piping Committee, and RAF Benevolent Fund. While
£40,000 will be directed to the Army Piping Committee to help support and
sustain British Army Pipes and Drums.
Plans are already underway to make the Tattoo’s live show an
unforgettable experience for audiences in 2021, with tickets due to go on sale
in October this year. The 30,000 ticket holders who transferred their tickets
for this year’s show will be granted priority access to the 2021 tickets when
sales go live.
Ruelle Soutar, Chief Operating Officer of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. However, as a charitable organization, we’re committed now more than ever to continue to support the projects that support us and help to sustain the Tattoo and all that lies behind it. To be able to donate this sum of money, despite the challenges we’ve faced this year is an incredibly proud moment for me and is a testament to the hard work of the whole team.”
Buster Howes, CEO of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo added: “Putting the disappointments of this silent August behind us, it is surely time to look ahead. We’ve been working hard, behind the scenes, to make a safe, creative and thrilling return to the Castle Esplanade in 2021. Announcing our intention to sell tickets for next year is our first public step towards this. We’re so looking forward to welcoming you all back; to lacing up our dancing shoes; firing up our pipes, drums, and fiddles, and to gleefully launching again, the most spectacular show on earth!”
As the Show marches into its eighth decade, our team is
embracing the chance to adapt and evolve to remain one of the world’s leading
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an evening of live
military performances from Regiments and Military bands that include the massed
pipes and drums, dancers, performers, singers, military displays, special lighting
effects, and the Lone Piper. 2021 dates are the 6th to 28th August and it
will be celebrating its 70th year.
For any individual who moved their tickets from 2020, the
booking lines for 2021 are open from Monday fifth October at 10 am 2020 until
late of the ninth of October 2020.
Tickets for 2021 are discounted on Monday nineteenth October.
Tickets can be bought from 10 am. There will be a restricted limit field for
the year 2021. You can purchase up to 8 tickets on one exchange; notwithstanding,
the seating is restricted to 4 seats together.
Less expensive evaluated tickets in 2021, the Peak tickets
will be accessible on the eleventh, eighteenth, and 25th August 2021.
For the best determination of seats that suit you’re spending
plan the prior the better. Non-weekend days the exhibitions are Monday to
Friday at 9:00 pm and on Saturday at 6.30 pm and 10:30 pm. There is no tattoo
on any Sunday in August.
I have been going to The Edinburgh Military Tattoo for quite
a while sitting in different areas on the Castle Esplanade, the huge space
straightforwardly before Edinburgh Castle.
A transitory stand is raised here and the seats are outside
with no spread or security from the components except if you are in the Royal
Gallery. These seats are extravagant and can be found in the purple segment.
Lions Tour to South Africa, the joint venture between the
British & Irish Lions and SA Rugby, has appointed RDA as its media rights
distribution agency for the Tour to South Africa in 2021.
The agreement, which covers Europe excluding UK & Ireland,
and France, Canada, Japan, SE Asia, Pacific Islands, MENA, and Inflight/Cruise,
is the first-ever appointment of an agency to distribute media rights on behalf
of the Lions.
Scheduled for July and August next year, the greatest rugby
Tour of all kicks off with five matches against South Africa’s leading
provincial and invitational sides, before the Lions take on reigning world
champions, the Springboks, for three epic Test matches played in Johannesburg 2
and Cape Town.
The Lions will additionally play a historic Test match
against Japan in Edinburgh on 26th June 2021, and the Springboks will play two
warm-up Test matches, all included in the Lions media rights package.
Ben Calveley, British & Irish Lions Managing Director, commented: “We are very pleased to be partnering with RDA for our international media rights distribution. RDA’s proven track record in rights sales will help advance our strategic objective of increasing our global coverage for the Tour, so more fans than ever before can enjoy watching the action.”
Richard Dennis, RDA CEO, said: “We’re honored to be working with the British & Irish Lions, one of the world’s greatest sports brands. The Lions Tour to South Africa, and the historic match against Japan, will be global media events and we look forward to playing our role in bringing these to a worldwide audience.”
The British & Irish Lions will host Japan at BT
Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday 26 June 2021 for the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup.
The first-ever clash between the world’s greatest touring
side and the Brave Blossoms will raise the curtain for the Lions’ eagerly
awaited Tour to South Africa, which culminates in a three-Test series
against Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks.
Lions head coach Warren Gatland believes the 2019 Rugby World
Cup quarter-finalists will provide a stern test for his squad before they
depart for South Africa.
“We saw Japan play some excellent rugby during the World Cup
and they will come to Edinburgh fully-motivated to win,” said Gatland.
“They are a talented side who play high-tempo rugby, so it’ll
be a good challenge for us ahead of the Tour, and a chance for the matchday
squad to put their hands up for Test selection.”
Lions managing director Ben Calveley added: “One of our
objectives is to give Warren and the playing squad as much meaningful
preparation as possible before departing on Tour, so we are delighted to have
agreed on this fixture.
“A Lions Test is one of the most iconic events in world
sport, but a huge number of fans from the home nations never get the chance to
see one live. The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup match will allow even more supporters
to be part of the next chapter in Lions history.
“It will be an ‘I was there’ moment, against an entertaining
and highly-respected opposition.”
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph is also relishing the prospect
of the fixture: “We are very much looking forward to playing a Test
against the Lions next year.
“It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our
players, and we can’t wait for it to come.”
Scottish Rugby’s 67,000-seater stadium in Edinburgh will host
the first Lions Test match on ‘home’ soil since playing against Argentina in
Cardiff in 2005 and Mark Dodson, chief executive of Scottish Rugby and Lions
board director, believes the iconic ground will provide an ideal backdrop for
“The deep connection Scotland enjoys with the British &
Irish Lions has helped to shape the rich history of the team with players,
coaches, and support staff all contributing to the success of the side down the
years,” said Dodson.
The Lions’ lead partner, Vodafone, who announced their
partnership earlier in the year, are excited to be supporting the fixture. Max
Taylor, commercial director, Vodafone UK said, “We are proud to be part of this
incredible rugby moment and to be able to allow home fans to experience the
full force of the Lions on UK soil.”
The Lions’ eight-game tour to South Africa kicks off on
Saturday 3 July 2021 when they play Vodacom Super Rugby’s DHL Stormers in Cape
Town. Three weeks later the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg will host the
first Test a venue that previously hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.
The second Test follows on Saturday 31 July at the Cape Town
Stadium the first Lions Test in the Mother City since 1997 before the British
and Irish tourists return to Gauteng for the final Test on Saturday 7
August at Emirates Airline Park, the venue of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
The Lions have toured South Africa on 13 previous occasions,
with the first Tour taking place in 1891. In that time, the Lions have won four-Test
series, lost eight with one drawn. Their overall record against the Springboks
is played 46, won 17, lost 23, and drawn six.
Buccaneers RFC is more than just a rugby club, it’s a way a
life for the people of Athlone.
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Among the players the club has fostered over the years is
Ireland international and British & Irish Lions tourist Robbie Henshaw, who
became Lion No.824 in New Zealand in 2017.
Like so many at Buccaneers, Henshaw’s father Tony and uncle
David had also played for the club before him – with the latter going on to
represent Connacht during the 1990s.
In fact, the importance of family permeates almost every
aspect of Buccaneers and it’s the reason why club president Eamon Collins
believes rugby runs through the veins in Athlone.
“Everybody that comes to the club enjoys playing, there is a
great sense of community in the club, they come in at under six and they never
seem to leave because they like it so much,” he said.
“There’s great teamwork, discipline, enjoyment and
sportsmanship around the place and there’s a real sense of family – that’s what
is so great about the club.
“This is very true of the Henshaws. The Henshaws have been in
the club, their father and uncles have played at the club and they have done an
awful lot at the club since they started playing.
“Robbie is still very involved, he’s a great ambassador for
our club and we’re very proud of him. Buccaneers is at the heart of Athlone and
rugby is everything in Athlone.
“Everyone wants to play, everyone wants to be involved and
the big problem we have is trying to facilitate all these young players as they
all want to become the next Robbie Henshaw and Jack Carty.
“People come and join the club as underage players and when
their playing career finishes, they often continue with the club as
administrators, coaches, referees and whatever else.
“It very much passes through the generations. If you look
back through the history of the club, it goes from generation to generation
like it does with the Henshaws.”
The club’s name originates from the Shannon Buccaneers, which
was founded by Diarmuid Murtagh in the 1930s and fielded players such as 1938
Lions captain Sammy Walker.
But after World War Two forced the club to fold and be
disbanded, it wasn’t until the formation of Athlone Rugby Football Club in 1951
that rugby was revived in the town.
More recently, in the 1993/94 season, Athlone and Ballinasloe
amalgamated to compete in the All-Ireland League before eventually changing
their name to Buccaneers RFC.
Leo Galvin was one of the people who was instrumental in the
alliance with Ballinasloe, which ended in 2005/06, and he was the first Athlone
clubman to play senior rugby for Ireland.
And with Jack Carty and Henshaw since following in the
footsteps of Galvin, Buccaneers media officer Michael Silke believes their rise
through the ranks has inspired the next generation.
“We have supplied a number of players to Connacht and a
number of lads were in the Connacht squad, including Jack Carty and Robbie
Henshaw, when they won the PRO12 title in 2016,” he said.
“Athlone is a garrison town and garrison towns are
traditionally soccer towns. We have a lot of competition from Gaelic soccer as
we have six very good GAA clubs within five miles.
“There’s lots of competition for players so the fact that
young lads started coming through and wearing the green of Ireland and Robbie
and Jack played senior rugby for Ireland was inspiring.
“We have around 400 kids now at the club, many more than when
I first got involved with the club, and we have 25 teams in total from adults
and the Under-20s down to the minis.
“There was great excitement around the place and pride when
Robbie was selected for the Lions in 2017. To get players coming through and
playing for Ireland U20s was a great achievement.
“But when you have guys like Robbie making the senior Ireland
squad and then being included in the last British & Irish Lions Tour to New
Zealand, it was incredible for the club.”
Buccaneers have enjoyed plenty of success on the field
themselves over the years, winning the Connacht Senior League 12 times and the
Connacht Senior Cup on eight occasions.
Among those currently representing the club is first team
captain Evan Galvin, who like Henshaw before him, was introduced to Buccaneers
through his family’s long association with the club.
And Galvin, the nephew of Leo, hopes the example set by Lions
tourist Henshaw can keep the conveyer belt of youngsters coming through the
ranks at Buccaneers for years to come.
“There is definitely a family feel to the club. Young kids
come down and play and if they enjoy it, they stick at it. There’s also a core
volunteer group of parents who support,” he said.
“It’s great for the club that Robbie and Jack have gone on
and represented Ireland. There are lads in the past that have done so too and
it shows there’s a good love for the game here.
“There is development in the Midlands of Ireland, with
players going on to represent the club and the province and then the country
and the Lions. The club is very proud of the lads.
“They always give their time to come down and help out with
underage sessions. It inspires young lads to play. If you’re a young kid and
you see someone like that it’s great.
“There is a lot of sports that the lads can play at an early
age so it’s important these young lads who play rugby are inspired to keep
playing and stick at it, be the next Robbie Henshaw.
“If they can be inspired to keep playing from the younger
ages groups through to the first team, that’s a pathway we’ve show is there and
it’s important to inspire that next generation.”
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