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Australia 2013
The British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand 2017
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Ten Games in Ten Days

Fixture 6: ACT Brumbies V The Lions - Canberra

The scene of one the Lions’ greatest comebacks on the 2001 Tour, their clash against the ACT Brumbies in 2013 will evoke memories of Austin Healey’s last-gasp try and Matt Dawson’s match-winning conversion 12 years earlier.

The Lions battled back to snatch a 30-28 victory and more of the same in 2013 will leave the Lions in great heart ahead of the first Test.

The ACT Brumbies – a member of the Super Series since 1996 – will be looking to inflict damage on the Lions on 18 June 2013 - ahead of the opening Test.

Whilst Lions fans know that the rugby will be fierce and competitive, Canberra, as one of Australia’s newest cities, will unexpectedly provide British & Irish Lions supporters an affinity with the Aussie capital. With Irish heritage stretching back over two decades, Lions fans will notice a wide range of sights that will emphasize the feeling of Britain and Ireland, despite being thousands of miles from home. Canberra is home to the Institute of Sport, and leads the way for producing Australia’s next generation of sporting talent.

Whatever happens in the match, Canberra is full of things to see and do, and is a wonderful prospect for British & Irish Lions supporters.

Fixture 7: Australia V The Lions - Brisbane - First Test

After twelve long years, the British & Irish Lions will set out on their quest to win a series for the first time since 1997 when the first Test looms in to view in Brisbane on 22 June 2013 – the same opening Test match city and venue as the last Tour to Australia.

On that occasion, the Lions swept the Wallabies aside with four sensational tries in a 29-13 victory.

This time the Lions will have come head to head against all of Australia’s Super XV sides, putting them in prime position to face once of the greatest rugby nations in the world.

The Wallabies will be in great shape for the opening salvos of the series as each side look to claim a potentially decisive series lead.

With rugby at the forefront of the Lions supporters’ minds, it’s great to know that there is plenty to do in Brisbane that can help to take minds off rugby. With sights, attractions and activities aplenty in and around the Suncorp Stadium, you can be sure that any time spent in Brisbane will be action packed and leave you wanting more.

Fixture 8: Melbourne Rebels V The Lions - Melbourne

After a seismic opening Test, the Lions have little rest period before taking on the Melbourne Rebels at the AAMI Park Stadium as the tour reaches a crescendo of action. Not included in the 2001 Lions Tour itinerary, the Rebels will be looking to make their mark against the iconic red shirt on 25 June 2013.

In the final provincial match of the Tour, the Lions will be working harder than ever to perfect every detail of their strategy and put on yet another performance that will leave Lions fans relishing the final two Tests against the Wallabies.

And it’s just as well; Melbourne is a sports mad city. Melbournians love the AFL (known to locals as the “footy”), and the Spring Racing Carnival. Nothing suits a Melbournian more than going for a beer and chatting about sport in whatever form that may be.

In addition to the love of sport, Melbourne is a cultural haven. Rich in history and development, Australia’s second biggest city is full of Victorian architecture and leafy, established streets reflect the city’s past but neighbourhoods such as Fitzroy, St Kilda and Carlton buzz with life in a city that produces some of the best music, cuisine, fashion and design anywhere in the world – never mind Australia.

So take in the views, absorb the atmosphere, and get ready for the Lions to fight on in style.

Fixture 9: Australia V The Lions - Melbourne - Second Test

Just four days after the final provincial game, the Lions return to face Australia on 29 June 2013 for the second Test at the Etihad Stadium. The last Test in Melbourne ended in a 14-35 defeat for the Lions at the Melbourne Colonial Stadium that squared the 2001 series at 1-1 and also resulted in serious injuries to Jonny Wilkinson and Richard Hill.

Melbourne is the perfect venue for the second Test and with the home support passionate and in full voice, Lions fans will have to be at their most vocal.

As anticipation builds, Melbourne’s diversity in attractions includes art galleries, museums and spaciously landscaped parks meaning that whatever fans want to do in Melbourne, Lions supporters will have plenty of choice.

As the atmosphere continues to grow prior to kick off, Lions fans are encouraged to take in all Melbourne has to offer as the Lions aim to achieve the most monumental victory in history, and defeat the Australians on their own turf.

Fixture 10: Australia V The Lions - Sydney - Third Test

So, after 36 days, nine matches and the creation of thousands of memories, the 6 July 2013 brings rugby fans across the globe the final Test match arrives in Sydney, with British & Irish Lions fans determined to end the Tour on an ultimate high – a final Test victory against their Australian counterparts.

The last Test in Australia, on Saturday 14 July 2001, resulted in a 29-23 defeat for the Lions, and cost them the Tour series. This will be the ultimate end to the 2013 Tour for the British & Irish Lions and their supporters as they look to end the Tour with a series victory to complete yet another magnificent chapter in Lions history.

Over the last six weeks, Lions fans have seen their team battle their way across Australia, and play against seven different teams, and it comes down to the final 80 minutes of the 2013 Tour.

There’s no better place to end a Lions Tour than Sydney, with its historic architecture, dazzling landscapes and carnival atmosphere. There really is so much to do and see here, and it’s likely that the Lions themselves will be looking at the area for tourist attractions as they look to relax in between training sessions.

One thing is for sure, Lions players and fans alike will want to end the British & Irish Lions Tour of Australia 2013 with a bang, and the atmosphere will be creating a buzz that has never been seen or felt before. Don’t miss out on the Tour experience of a lifetime, and be there with the Lions in 2013.

Come back tomorrow, for the next match preview of the 2013 Tour to Australia.

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    Fixture 1: British & Irish Lions V Barbarian F.C - Hong Kong

    The Lions first opponents of the 125th anniversary Tour are the second most famous touring team on Earth – The Barbarians.

    In what will be a groundbreaking and emotionally charged occasion, the Lions will play in Hong Kong for the first time on 1 June 2013 as they look begin their Tour of Australia with a victory against the greatest invitational rugby team.

    While the Lions prepare for one of the most anticipated Tours in history, fans can experience a taste of the Orient where East meets West. A boat trip around the harbour on the Duk Ling, the last remaining sailing junk in Hong Kong, high tea in a wonderful hotel or the aromatic delights of street corner food await as the hustle of everyday life swarms around you in the towering cityscape.

    The Lions odyssey continues with a peek at the tightly packed streets with their blazing neon and steam-filled snack shops. Gems of satisfaction will offer themselves in the constantly changing harbour views, open air beers or an afternoon tea in the lobby of your luxury hotel.

    Escape the city limits and other experiences await – watching the sun rise from a remote mountain peak, hiking surf-beaten beaches or exploring deserted islands.

    All this set amongst the greatest two touring teams in the world battling it out for 80 minutes. One thing is certain, there is still plenty to do and see in Hong Kong once the final whistle has blown.

    Fixture 2: Western Force V British & Irish Lions - Perth

    With the sun setting on the opening clash in Hong Kong, thoughts immediately turn to the next game on the Tour and the first in Australia on 5 June 2013 against Western Force – the first of the  Australian Super XV sides to take on the Lions.

    When the British & Irish Lions were last in Perth, back in 2001, they faced a Western Australia team that was thrashed in a 10-116 defeat. Since then the Emirates Western Force has been formed, and will provide a tough challenge for the Lions as their preparations for the opening Test in Brisbane begin in earnest.

    Not only will the rugby provide a thrill but the city of Perth is renowned for its pristine parkland and over 50 miles of white sandy beaches. In addition to the beautiful landscapes, food lovers will be in their element, as Perth has more restaurants per capita than any other Australian city.

    Other attractions that make Perth stand out as one of the finest destinations in Australia include the world’s oldest operating mint, art galleries and vast array of shopping opportunities.

    Fill your time before and after the match with a range of activities then take your seat at the stadium to see the Lions take centre stage in their first of nine games against a variety of Australian sides.

    Perth may be the world’s most remote city, but it is certainly not one that will be forgotten.

    Fixture 3: Queensland Reds V British & Irish Lions - Brisbane

    The last time the Queensland Reds met the Lions, they were on the end of a 42-8 defeat in Ballymore. This time round, on 8 June 2013, the 2011 Super XV Champions will be looking to avenge that defeat as they take on the mighty Lions in Brisbane.

    The match, at the Suncorp Stadium, will provide another step up in intensity and focus as the clock ticks down to the first Test.

    Lions fans will get an early taste of Brisbane’s street cafe culture and a vibrant nightlife that is one of the highlights of Queensland’s capital city and a focal point for the 2013 Tour.

    Sport plays a huge part in Brisbane life which means British & Irish Lions fans will be well catered for. As well as the Gabba sports ground, freshly re-developed and famed for Test cricket, Brisbane is home to Ballymore, where the Wallabies often take on the world at rugby.

    Whatever you decide to do, there will be no shortage of news and views to fill your days in a sports mad city, made complete with an exhilarating match watching the British & Irish Lions take on the winners of the 2011 Super XV League.

    Fixture 4: Combined Country V British & Irish Lions - Newcastle

    The previous mid-Tour fixture in Australia was against a Presidential XV, who were taken apart by the strength, power and finishing quality of the British & Irish Lions as they lost 6-83 at the Dairy Farmers Stadium in 2001. This time around, in the fourth match of the 2013 Tour, the Lions take on Combined Country in Newcastle at the Ausgrid Stadium.

    As Lions fans swarm to Newcastle, the second biggest city in New South Wales, the distinctive geography creates mesmerising beach and waterfront scenery to enjoy prior to seeing the Lions and their unique brand of attacking rugby.

    Newcastle is the epitome of the outdoor Aussie lifestyle which means adventurous fans will be right at home on the coast.

    In addition to the beach and surf culture, Newcastle possesses many of the usual city delights; from restaurants and cafés, to parks and shopping centres.

    With the Lions battling it out against the Combined Country on the 12 June 2013, there will be plenty of hype surrounding the game and the destination.

    Fixture 5: HSBC Waratahs V The Lions - Sydney

    The HSBC Waratahs are next on the agenda for the British & Irish Lions on 15 June 2013 – and return to the big time in Sydney with the first Test a week away.

    It will represent one of the final chances for players to stake their claim for a place in the first Test side but if the Lions can emerge with a victory as conclusive as their 41-24 success in 2001, they will be in great shape ahead of their showdown against the Wallabies.

    Whilst the rugby is the main attraction, Sydney itself is an iconic destination, and is home to the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Dunk yourself in the Bondi surf, sail under the Harbour Bridge on a yacht, jog along the Coogee cliff tops or clip-clop through Centennial Park on horseback. Sydney is an ‘outside’ city and Lions fans will love it.

    No matter when you head to Sydney your days will be active and engaging, your nights indulgent and intense.

    British & Irish Lions supporters will embrace the city together, ensuring an atmosphere like no other in world rugby.

    Take in Sydney, then take in the Lions as the battle against Australia edges ever closer.