He is famed for his stratospheric performances as a fearlessly combative hooker, iconic Tour ‘judge’ and one of the most recognisable personalities of recent British & Irish Lions history – Keith Wood is immortalised in the unmistakeable red shirt.
As a leading light on the victorious 1997 Tour to South Africa that established him as one of the world’s greats, a reputation he cemented in 2001 despite the Lions’ Test series defeat to the Wallabies, Wood’s passion ahead of the 2013 series Down Under burns as bright as ever.
In an exclusive video interview with lionstour.com – the home of the Lions’ official travel company – the Irish hooker reveals the impact of fan power at the first Test in Brisbane and believes even more fans will commit to following the greatest touring rugby team on the planet in 2013.
“We were down in the bowels of the stadium and you could just hear this noise, like a train coming across the tracks,” he said. “We had no idea what it was but we knew it was special.
“It was not until we came up those final few steps into stadium that we realised it was full of red – and it was magic. You were literally carried the last few steps.
“It shocked the Aussies as much as our performance did and I am sure the 2013 Tour will be even bigger in terms of support.”
Fans can now guarantee their place on Tour by signing up for a Priority Access Pass that will ensure access to the best flights, accommodation and official match tickets when the travel packages go on sale in early 2012.