Saturday, June 27, 2009
An estimated 30 000 British & Irish Lions fans will squeeze into Loftus Versfeld this afternoon for the second Test against the hosts, the Springboks. While it's predominantly a rugby tour, for those fans, it's been a holiday like no other.
Touring South Africa is a great experience, with or without rugby. Obviously going with a whole hoard of rugby supporters, all following the same side, makes it that much more enjoyable.
Fancy dress has been rife, as the red tide of Lions supporters washed into Durban last week dressed in all sorts of atire. From full military uniforms with white pith helmets, to super hero get-up, they've made an effort to have a laugh and keep the spirits high. Some have even taken to wearing the local Zulu outfits, complete with shields.
A bottle of beer was never far off either, often shared with South African fans while standing around a braai (barbecue).
The atmosphere has been great, with the experience of being on a Lions tour being second to none. No matter what's happened on the pitch, these men and ladies have enjoyed every minute of their time in the country.
This great feature from the BBC shows us the side of a rugby tour that we dont often get to see, as they show us what goes on behind the scenes with the fans as they move around the country.
Note: Thanks to the BBC.