The inside story of The British and Irish Lions on their most famous tour; to South Africa in 1997.
The British and Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa in 1997 has gone down in sporting folklore. With few giving them a chance, a disparate group of characters bonded into a band of brothers to upset the reigning World Champions, inspired by a coaching team seen by many in rugby as the greatest of all time. This is the inside story of that tour; told by those who were there.
Presented by Alastair Eykyn.
Featuring: John Bentley, Neil Jenkins, Matt Dawson, Keith Wood, Susan Greenwood, Will Greenwood, Doddie Weir, James Robson, Fran Cotton, Jill Douglas, Jeremy Guscott, Scott Gibbs, Austin Healey, Duncan Humphries, Fred Rees, Rob Wainwright, Jim Telfer and Sir Ian McGeechan.
Inside The Tour – The Lions 1997 – Episode 11: A Live Bonus
A special ‘Inside the Tour’ online event, in partnership with the MyName5Doddie Foundation.
In this bonus podcast episode we tie the threads from those epic days of 1997 with the current 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour, in the company of an unparalleled panel of rugby royalty.
Ahead of the pivotal Second Test in Cape Town, we bring together four legendary Lions to reflect on that famous tour 24 years ago and run the rule over Warren Gatland’s current crop attempting to topple the Springboks in South Africa.”
Doddie Weir OBE: Former Scotland and British Lions lock forward, and founder of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, raising awareness and funds to find a cure for MND.
Sam Warburton: Two-time British Lions captain, unbeaten in both those series (in Australia 2013 and NZ 2017)
Gregor Townsend: Former Scotland & British Lions fly half, and current Attack Coach for the 2021 Lions Tour. Also the starting fly-half for the 1997 Lions tour of SA.
John Bentley: Former British Lions wing, and an instrumental part of the successful series v SA in 1997.
Doddie’s charity: www.myname5doddie.co.uk
Presented and researched by Alastair Eykyn.
Written by Jonathan Overend.
Produced by Danny Garlick and Mark Sharman.
Additional voices by Kenny Blyth.
Original music and sound design by Lee Sparey.
Executive Producer: Liam Thompson.
Executive Editor for NinetyFour19: Jonathan Overend.
A NinetyFour19 Podcast for Auddy
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