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Day: November 12, 2020

The Famous Grouse on board for the British Lions tour of SA

The announcement, which was made jointly by SA Rugby and the British & Irish Lions on Thursday, builds on more than 30 years of the well-known whiskey brand’s involvement with rugby. Rugby enthusiasts can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

The Famous Grouse will be the official whiskey of the British & Irish Lions and SA Rugby for the Castle Lager Lions series in 2021, and fans will be able to engage in the latest conversations and celebrate ‘The Spirit of Rugby’ with @TheFamousGrouseRugby on Twitter.

The Famous Grouse on board for the British Lions tour of SA
The Famous Grouse on board for the British Lions tour of SA

In addition to having access to players from both teams and revealing stories of team spirit and camaraderie, The Famous Grouse will also host activations at every game on the tour and in key fan areas, as well as giving fans the opportunity to see a Lions training session and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour on game day.

Jurie Roux

Jurie Roux, Chief Executive Officer of SA Rugby, said: We are very excited to introduce the proud history and heritage of the Springboks at The Famous Grouse by welcoming Lions to the shores of South Africa in 2021. The fans can expect South Africa to be a warm and hospitable host as we cherish one of the greatest sporting occasions in world rugby. We will toast to that.

Ben Calveley

Ben Calveley, Managing Director of British & Irish Lions, said: We are delighted to have agreed on a partnership with The Famous Grouse ahead of our South African tour next year. It is a brand known for its innovative and engaging approach to sponsorship and we look forward to working together to create a truly memorable series.

Mark Riley

Mark Riley, Managing Director of Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, said: “The Famous Grouse has been investing in the sport of rugby for the past 30 years and we are very proud to have reaffirmed our commitment to this great game by embracing these three exciting new international and club partnerships to celebrate The Famous Grouse as The Spirit of Rugby.”

The Famous Grouse on board for the British Lions tour of SA
The Famous Grouse on board for the British Lions tour of SA

As the UK’s number one whiskey, we recognize the value of team spirit and the level of determination it takes to be the best. This is synonymous with the desire, pride and camaraderie that we see every game day on the rugby field.

“These new partnerships are another important milestone in The Famous Grouse’s journey to deliver fruitful collaborations that benefit all stakeholders and rugby supporters in particular.”

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Warren Gatland warns Japan warm-up will influence British and Irish Lions Test selection

Lions mentor trusts ‘good judgment will win’ concerning Premiership players being delivered for Murrayfield apparatus. Warren Gatland trusts “sound judgment wins”. An understanding can be gone after Premiership players to play for the British and Irish Lions against Japan next June.

He cautioned that the apparatus will impact his choice for the three Tests in South Africa. Talking from New Zealand as the Lions dispatched their shirt for the visit, Gatland said readiness is in front of the timetable. 

Regarding the circumstance around Covid-19, he said “we’re simply proceeding to figure all that will be 100% fine in the following eight months”.However demanded, “you must have some alternative courses of action”.  

Warren Gatland warns Japan warm-up will influence British and Irish Lions Test selection
Warren Gatland warns Japan warm-up will influence British and Irish Lions Test selection

British Irish Lions vs Japan:

A week ago the Lions affirmed a Test against Japan at Murrayfield on June 26, which is the very day of the Premiership Final.  As the Lions’ apparatus is outside World Rugby’s Test window, no Premiership players (Englishmen, yet additionally any semblance of Exeter’s Stuart Hogg and Northampton’s Dan Biggar) are as of now accessible – regardless of only two groups playing in the last.

Gatland is cheerful that the circumstance can be settled. Even though conceded that Premiership Rugby “hasn’t generally been the least demanding to manage” and that the circumstance is “somewhat like Brexit”.

Gatland stated Conceivably if England has an extraordinary Six Nations. You could contend that a third to a large portion of the crew might be absent for that Japan week. Yet additionally, for a camp in Wales we’re arranging the prior week. That would be troublesome.

Given how restricted the time is for arrangement, I can reveal to you we will be taking the best group we can, the best players. In any case, the hard truth is that I simply trust it doesn’t affect any players or determinations. You end up with a 50/50 approach a player.

Warren Gatland warns Japan warm-up will influence British and Irish Lions Test selection

A player can be there for seven days’ camp in Wales. He can be there for the seven days’ groundwork for the Japan game. This may get approval against somebody who has sadly not been accessible until just a single week before the main match in South Africa. 

“It’s a test right now and I simply trust that some sound judgment will win in exchanges.”

Canterbury:

Warren Gatland was talking in the interest of Canterbury. He was at the dispatch of the British and Irish Lions Pro shirt accessible at Canterbury.com.

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Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans

The British and Lions Tour holds a special place in the heart of world rugby it harkens back to what the game was, and reveals what it has become, and encompasses the glory, the camaraderie, and fraternity that separates the sport from all others. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

For many players, honored enough to play against the combined might of the four home nations, it is the nadir of their careers, whether it be at provincial or Test level. For many supporters, it is a 12-year long wait to build new memories and remember fondly the year that the Lions returned to once again wrestle pride and supremacy away from the Springboks.

Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans
Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans

That was the decree of Springbok legend John Smit on Thursday when the series sponsor was revealed to be Castle Lager for next year’s tour at FNB Stadium, which will host the first Test between the two combatants on July 24 next year.

Said the former captain of the Boks, who led the national team in the hardcore 2009 series: “One of the best experiences, and the best stories I have ever told, was my experience playing for the Sharks against the British and Irish Lions in Durban.”

“I think it was my second first-class game, I was 19-years-old,” Smit continued, “and to be able to go on 12 years later and to experience it full on was a privilege. The youngsters who get that opportunity, even if I ever only played the Lions in 97, I would have held onto that thing. I still have that jersey.

“It is just something that you can’t mimic anywhere else and that experience is what will get the youngsters (next year) super hungry to fight for that green and gold jersey and, hopefully, hold onto it.”

It was a sentiment shared by fellow Bok legend Beast Mtwarira and 2019 World Rugby player of the year Pieter-Steph du Toit, who will no doubt be involved in 2021. Beast was a newfangled Springbok in 2009, having made his debut for the Boks a year earlier against Wales, and the 2019 World Cup winner recalled his Lions experience fondly with a smile and a chuckle.

Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans
Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans

“I think it is surreal (playing against the Lions), it certainly was for me to be a part of that (2000) team,” said Beast in his trademark baritone. “It comes around every 12 years, so not a lot of players get the opportunity to play against the Lions …

“The Lions tour was massive for me. To rub shoulders with the likes of Juan (Smith) and Bakkies (Botha) and Victor (Matfield), guys who had won the World Cup in 2007, was just a huge honor. The atmosphere at a Lions game is just incredible; it is nothing like you have ever seen.”

“I was raring to go with the energy and excitement,” Beast continued later of the 2009 Test series. “My advice to the young guys would be, a part of it is to just enjoy the occasion, take it for what it is, because it is a huge honor. Guys that have won the world cup, haven’t had the chance to face the Lions, so you have to embrace it for what it is and just go out there and play your best rugby.”

For PSTD, if he is fit and remains so, it will be another feather in the 28-year-old’s cap. The 2019 World Cup winner was 17-years-old when John Smit and Co rectified the disastrous defeat of 1997 12 years later, and when asked about his feelings around the upcoming tour, it sparked a joyous memory of sibling rivalry and love.

“All three games, I, my parents and my brothers watched at our house and I always say if you watch a Springbok game at our house, you don’t want to be a supporter there because it is just crazy there.

Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans
Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans

“Everything gets duplicated there …

“For instance, I remember when Heinrich Brussow (in 2009) just picked up one of the players as a bag of potatoes and threw him off the field, and then, the same thing happened in our living room. So, after the game, we always went to play and always dreamt about playing for the Boks and against the Lions.”

Good times, great memories, and next year a new batch, through victory or defeat, are sure to be made anew.

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