LIONS ANNOUNCE ITINERARY FOR 2009 TOUR TO SOUTH AFRICA
10 April 2008 (Posted: 11:05)

The British and Irish Lions and the South African Rugby Union have agreed on a programme of ten matches for the 2009 Lions Tour to South Africa.

The much anticipated tour will include three Test matches against the Springboks, with the first Test taking place on Saturday, 20 June 2009 in Durban.

British and Irish Lions Chairman Andy Irvine said: “We are looking forward to touring such a wonderful country and playing the World Champions on their own turf.

“The tour itself promises to be full of challenges in a country where rugby is a real passion but I am certain that the 2009 Lions will acquit themselves well.”

“Lions tours are unique events and as such are extremely popular. We are expecting tens of thousands of Lions fans to travel to South Africa in 2009 and are confident that every one of them will come back with amazing memories.”

SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd MD, Jonathan Stones, said: “The Lions Tour will be a massive sporting event, on par with the Rugby World Cup, and is expected to be a huge success. We are putting in place an exciting programme and look forward to hosting this unique team.

“It is anticipated that South Africa will reap significant economic benefits from this tour”.

The Lions will play matches in seven cities over a period of six weeks, commencing with a game against a Highveld XV in Rustenburg on Saturday, 30 May 2009.

The tour schedule includes six weekend fixtures and four midweek matches. Apart from the three Test matches, there is also an interesting fixture against the Emerging Springboks on 23 June 2009. This match is sandwiched between the first and second Tests.

The Test matches against the Springboks will take place on 20 June in Durban, in Pretoria on 27 June and in Johannesburg on 4 July.

“It is important to note that two high profile matches have been scheduled for Cape Town, which will allow supporters in that region to see the Lions in action at Newlands,” added Stones.

The Lions have toured South Africa on 12 previous occasions, with the first tour to this country taking place in 1891. That historic tour included Test matches at Port Elizabeth, Kimberley and Cape Town.

Since 1891 the Springboks have won 21 Tests against the Lions and lost 16, while 6 Tests were drawn.

The Itinerary is as follows:

DATE

DAY

OPPONENTS

VENUE

CITY

30 MAY 2009

SATURDAY

HIGHVELD XV

ROYAL BAFOKENG

RUSTENBURG

3 JUNE 2009

WEDNESDAY

GOLDEN LIONS

ELLIS PARK

JOHANNESBURG

6 JUNE 2009

SATURDAY

CHEETAHS

VODACOM PARK

BLOEMFONTEIN

10 JUNE 2009

WEDNESDAY

SHARKS

ABSA STADIUM

DURBAN

13 JUNE 2009

SATURDAY

WESTERN PROVINCE

NEWLANDS

CAPE TOWN

16/17 JUNE 2009

TUESDAY/
WEDNESDAY

COASTAL XV

TO BE CONFIRMED

PORT ELIZABETH

20 JUNE 2009

SATURDAY

1ST TEST

ABSA STADIUM

DURBAN

23 JUNE 2009

TUESDAY

EMERGING SPRINGBOKS

NEWLANDS

CAPE TOWN

27 JUNE 2009

SATURDAY

2ND TEST

LOFTUS VERSFELD

PRETORIA

4 JULY 2009

SATURDAY

3RD TEST

ELLIS PARK

JOHANNESBURG

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