CHILL-OUT SUNDAY THE ELLIS RUGBY – LIONS IN AFRICA – THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS AND THE HUNT FOR THE SPRINGBOKS – BOOK PREVIEW
British Lions South Africa. The Ellis Rugby Book preview. Lions in Africa: The British & Irish Lions and the Hunt for the Springboks
Author – Chris Schoeman
Chris Schoeman co-authored the autobiographies of Springbok rugby legends. Firstly, Danie Gerber, Frik du Preez (South Africa’s Player of the Century), Os du Randt and Dawie de Villiers. Also, international cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen. He has also written several books. Like the Anglo-Boer War, World War I. And South African regional histories.
Author – David McLennan
Here’s the Book Preview – Lions in Africa: The British & Irish Lions and the Hunt for the Springboks
It was the year 1891, and the first rugby football team from the British Isles was about to embark on a tour of South Africa; any doubts about the financial sustainability of the venture were removed when mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes thumped the table and declared, ’Let them come. I shall stand security for any shortfall.’ And so a tradition began that survived the financial insecurities of the pioneer years, two World Wars, sports boycotts, and the birth of the professional era.
The book includes the British & Irish Lions Tours of 1955, 1974 and 1997
The British Lions South Africa tours have produced some of the finest Test rugby and some of the greatest players and sides seen anywhere in the world. The 1955 series, where Ellis Park drew 90 000 spectators and the likes of Tony O’Reilly, Cliff Morgan, and Tom van Vollenhoven set the game alight; the legendary undefeated 1974 side of Willie John McBride, when arguably the finest international touring team to set foot on South African soil destroyed the Springboks; the 1997 side that conquered the then world champions when Jeremy Guscott’s snap drop goal sealed the series with one Test to go.
Lions in Africa is an entertaining narrative of one of international sport’s most popular contests and welcome addition to any rugby fan’s bookshelf.