Memories of the Lions - South Africa '97

A ground-breaking tour in so many ways. The first post-apartheid visit by the Lions following the cancellation of the 1986 tour and the first of the professional rugby era. Coached by McGeechan and Telfer - no rugby player or supporter can forget Telfer’s often quoted “this is your Everest” speech where Telfer outlines the “awesome responsibility” the forwards have and how “being picked is the easy bit.”

Pictured below is that same (youthful looking) forward pack, including Tim Rodber, Tom Smith and Neil Back boarding a Gullivers Coach heading for their Heathrow departure flight.  Gullivers handled the Squad’s travel back in 1997 and carried a (then) record number of Lions fans.

Memories of the Lions - South Africa '97

1997 also saw the rise of Gullivers ‘big pubs’. These exclusive venues remain the best place to absorb the relaxed rugby club atmosphere, mixing with fellow travellers and ex players always culminating in a rugby singsong. Customers who have joined us for the Hong Kong Sevens or many of our Six Nations weekends will confirm the fantastic ‘old school’ rugby club feel our Lions pubs offer - exclusively to Gullivers clients, of course!

The anticipated launch of our 2017 supporters tour will represent the 10th consecutive Gullivers supporters tour supporting the British & Irish Lions, a huge milestone of which we’re very proud. We have 37 years of experience in delivering authentic and unforgettable Lions experiences. If you’re considering travelling to New Zealand, we hope our experience and reputation will persuade you to review our packages when we go on sale early 2016. 

Memories of the Lions - South Africa '97

Gullivers expect to be launching a range of supporters travel packages early in 2016, pending our appointment again as an Official Agents.

Join us to be part of our proud Gullivers rugby heritage!

Photo: A group of Gullivers customers on one of our privately chartered connecting flights in ’97.



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