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British & Irish Lions rugby tour 2009

As when the Lions toured South Africa in 1997, the Springboks are world champions. Whilst the '97 Springboks lost to the Lions, the series unearthed one Percival Colin Montgomery - Percy played the first test of an illustrious career in July 1997 at outside centre. The fixtures are have a similar format to that of the Lions 2005 tour to New Zealand - 6 games before the first test, and a mid-week game between the first and second test.

21 Sep 2007

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirms the tour.

10 Apr 2008

The tour schedule is officially announced by the South African Rugby Union & the Lions.

22 Jan 2009

The date of the tour match in Port Elizabeth is confirmed as the 16th June 2009 (SARU obtained permission from the government to hold the match on the Youth Day public holiday).

25 May 2009

The British & Irish Lions arrive in South Africa, and move into the Sandton Sun hotel in Johannesburg. After an 11 hour flight from London to Johannesburg, they arrived on a British Airways plane which had been renamed "Air Force Scrum". The slogan on the airport helpers welcoming them read "Welcome to Springbok Country." British Airways is the official carrier of the British & Irish Lions for this tour, and are not only flying the squad and coaching staff to South Africa, but also within South Africa through its branded franchise carrier, Comair.

British Irish Lions arrive in Johannesburg

26 May 2009

The Lions have a full contact training session at St David's School in Johannesburg.

David Wallace passes the ball at St Davids School in Johannesburg

30 May 2009

1500

ROYAL XV
25

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
37

Bafokeng Stadium

Rustenburg

The first game in South Africa is never easy. With predictions of a cricket score against this Royal XV, this was a wobbly win, with the British & Irish Lions trailing until 70 minutes. Great game for Bees Roux of the Royal XV. Well done Griquas! Refereed by Marius Jonker (South Africa).

Russell Jeacocks (Leopards),
Colin Lloyd (Leopards),
Egon Seconds (Griquas),
Bjorn Basson (Griquas),
Deon van Rensburg (Leopards),
Basil de Doncker (Leopards),
Hanno Coetzee (Griquas)
Riaan Viljoen (Griquas),
Naas Olivier (Griquas),
Michael Bondesio (Leopards),
Jacques Coetzee (Pumas),
Sarel Pretorius (Griquas),
Jonathan Makoena (Griquas),
RW Kember (Leopards)
Devon Raubenheimer (Griquas),
Wilhelm Koch (Leopards),
Jaco Bouwer (Pumas),
Ligtoring Landman (Leopards),
Rudi Mathee (Leopards),
Jacques Lombard (Griquas),
Bees Roux (Griquas)
Rayno Barnes (Griquas),
Hannes Franklin (Pumas),
Pellow van der Westhuizen (Leopards)
Albertus Buckle (Griquas),
Dawie Steyn (Pumas), S
tef Roberts (Griquas)

15. Lee Byrne (Ospreys/Wales)
14. Tommy Bowe (Ospreys/Wales)
13. Keith Earls (Munster/Ireland)
12. Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
11. Shane Williams (Ospreys/Wales)
10. Ronan O'Gara (Munster/Ireland)
9. Mike Blair (Edinburgh/Scotland)
8. Andy Powell (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
7. Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
6. Joe Worsley (London Wasps/England)
5. Paul O'Connell (Munster/Ireland) captain
4. Simon Shaw (London Wasps/England)
3. Adam Jones (Ospreys/Wales)
2. Matthew Rees (Scarlets/Wales)
1. Andrew Sheridan (Sales Sharks/England)

Replacements:
16. Lee Mears (Bath/England)
17. Phil Vickery (London Wasps/England)
18. Alun-Wyn Jones (Ospreys/Wales)
19. Stephen Ferris (Ulster/Ireland)
20. Mike Phillips (Ospreys/Wales)
21. Stephen Jones (Scarlets/Wales)
22. Riki Flutey (London Wasps/England)

1 Jun 2009

Springbok coach Pieter de Villiers names his squad. The Springbok assistant coach is Dick Muir, and the forwards coach is Gary Gold. The Springbok squad includes 10 players from the Bulls’ victorious Super 14 squad. De Villiers named Johann Muller and Heinrich Brussow as being "very unlucky" to miss out on selection. There is no recognised fullback in the squad, with Jaque Fourie or Frans Steyn tipped to fill the void left by the injured Conrad Jantjies. Deon Carstens will provide cover at both tighthead & loosehead. Zane Kirchner was surprisingly left out (but included in the Emerging Springboks squad). The selection of Earl Rose is controversial (and surprising that he's been selected for the Emerging Springboks as well).

Springbok forwards (14):
John Smit – Sharks (81) – Captain
Victor Matfield –  Blue Bulls (80) – Vice-Captain
Andries Bekker –  Western Province (13)
Bakkies Botha –  Blue Bulls (55)
Schalk Burger –  Western Province (49)
Deon Carstens – Sharks (7)
Bismarck du Plessis – Sharks (21)
Ryan Kankowski – Sharks (7)
Tendai Mtawarira – Sharks (10)
Chiliboy Ralepelle – Blue Bulls (3)
Danie Rossouw – Blue Bulls (36)
Juan Smith – Cheetahs (54)
Pierre Spies – Blue Bulls (19)
Gurthrö Steenkamp – Blue Bulls (20)

Springbok backs (14):

Jean de Villiers – Vodacom Western Province (46)
Fourie du Preez –  Blue Bulls (43)
Jaque Fourie –  Lions (42)
Bryan Habana – Blue Bulls (46)
Adi Jacobs – Sharks (21)
Ricky Januarie –  Western Province (34)
Odwa Ndungane – Sharks (3)
Jongi Nokwe – Cheetahs (3)
Wynand Olivier – Blue Bulls (21)
Ruan Pienaar – Sharks (27)
JP Pietersen – Sharks (24)
Earl Rose – Lions (uncapped)
Frans Steyn – Sharks (27)
Morné Steyn –  Blue Bulls (uncapped)

3 Jun 2009

1910

GOLDEN LIONS
10

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
74

Ellis Park

Johannesburg

First bottom of the Super 14 log and then a 64 point caning - I wonder how long Xerox & Auto & General associate will be willing to associate themselves with such ineptitude.

15 Louis Ludik, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jannie Boshoff, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Baywatch Grobbelaar (c), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Brad Mockford, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Lawrence Sephaka.
Subs: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Ernst Joubert, 19 Todd Clever, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Walter Venter, 22 Shandre Frolick.

Captained by Brian O' Driscoll, with squad skipper Paul O’Connell taking a break.

15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (c), 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 David Wallace, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Nathan Hines, 3 Phil Vickery, 2 Lee Mears, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Subs: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Euan Murray, 18 Stephen Ferris, 19 Andy Powell, 20 Harry Ellis, 21 James Hook, 22 Shane Williams.

Refereed by Craig Joubert (South Africa).

6 Jun 2009

1500

FREE STATE CHEETAHS
24

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
26

Vodacom Park

Bloemfontein

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Corne Uys, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 JW Jonker, 10 Jacques- Louis Potgieter, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Hendro Scholtz (c), 7 Francois Uys, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Subs: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 WP Nel, 18 Frans Viljoen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Gerrie Odendaal, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Fabian Juries.

15 Lee Byrne, 14 Leigh Halfpenny, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Luke Fitzgerald, 11 Shane Williams, 10 James Hook, 9 Harry Ellis, 8 Andy Powell, 7 Joe Worsely, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Paul O’Connell (c), 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Subs: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Adam Jones, 18 Simon Shaw, 19 Nathan Hines, 20 Mike Blair, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Gordon D’Arcy.

The 11th time the "blikore" have taken on the men in red. Scrums were a mess, with almost every scrum going down and the Cheetahs being frequently penalised for collapsing in the first half. Brussouw had a massive game in the loose - could his omission from the Springboks cost them? The game illustrated that the Lions can be bullied at the rucks (at least by Brussouw) and are struggling to defend the rolling maul. Star for the British & Irish Lions was Welshman James Hook, who knocked over all 6 kicks presented to him. The game was refereed by Wayne Barnes (England).

10 Jun 2009

1910

SHARKS
3

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
39

Absa Park

Durban

15 Stefan Terblanche,
14 Chris Jordaan,
13 Andries Strauss,
12 Riaan Swanepoel,
11 Luzuko Vulindlu,
10 Monty Dumond,
9 Rory Kockott,
8 Keegan Daniel,
7 Jean Deysel,
6 Jacques Botes,
5 Johann Muller (c),
4 Steven Sykes,
3 Jannie du Plessis,
2 Skipper Badenhorst,
1 Deon Carstens.
16 Craig Burden,
17 Patrick Cilliers,
18 Albert van den Berg,
19 Michael Rhodes,
20 Charl MacLeod,
21 Guy Cronje,
22 Lwazi Mvovo.

15. Lee Byrne (Ospreys/Wales)
14. Shane Williams (Ospreys/Wales)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster/Ireland)
12. Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
11. Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster/Ireland)
10. Ronan O’Gara (Munster/Ireland)
9. Mike Phillips (Ospreys/Wales)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Leinster/Ireland)
7. David Wallace (Munster/Ireland)
6. Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers/England)
5. Paul O’Connell (Munster/Ireland) captain
4. Alun-Wyn Jones (Ospreys/Wales)
3. Adam Jones (Ospreys/Wales)
2. Lee Mears (Bath/England)
1. Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
16. Matthew Rees (Scarlets/Wales)
17. Phil Vickery (London Wasps/England)
18. Simon Shaw (London Wasps/England)
19. Joe Worsley (London Wasps/England)
20. Mike Blair (Edinburgh/Scotland)
21. Riki Flutey (London Wasps/England)
22. Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues/Wales.

An emphatic 5 tries to 0 mauling by the Lions.

Refereed by Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa).

13 Jun 2009

1500

WESTERN PROVINCE (WP)
23

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
26

Newlands

Cape Town

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Morgan Newman, 12 Peter Grant, 11 Gcobani Bobo, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewald Duvenhage, 8 Luke Watson (c), 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl ,4 Martin Muller, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 JD Moller, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Zandre Jordaan, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 JJ Engelbrecht, 22 Gio Aplon.

15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Harry Ellis, 8 Andy Powell, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Joe Worsley, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Phil Vickery (c), 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Subs: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Euan Murray, 18 Simon Shaw, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Mike Blair, 21 James Hook, 22 Gordon D’Arcy.

A cold wet and wintery and half empty Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Lions started the game by peppering Joe Pietersen with the high ball, who knocked on time after time in the swirling wind. The drop goal is coming back into fashion in South Africa, with De Waal & Pietersen helping themselves to one each, before the Lions helping themselves to a soft try (missed tackle by Pietersen on the line), and then another one (also involving a poor Pietersen tackle). Pietersen made up somewhat with a beautiful try, but a late penalty by replacement James Hook won it for the Lions. Game refereed by Mark Lawrence (South Africa).

15 Jun 2009

Pieter de Villiers announces that Heinrich Brussouw (of the Free State Cheetahs) has been called up to the Springbok squad as cover for Schalk Burger.

16 Jun 2009

1500

SOUTHERN KINGS
8

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
20

Nelson Mandela Stadium

Port Elizabeth

15. Tiger Mangweni, 14. Wylie Human, 13. Frikkie Welsh, 12. De Wet Barry, 11. Mat Turner, 10. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Darron Nell, 7. Solly Tyibilika, 6. Mpho Mbiyozo, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Marco Wentzel, 3. Ruan Vermeulen, 2. Derick Kuun, 1. Jaco Engels.
Subs: 16 Delarey du Preez, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Lungile Payi, 19 Dries van Schalkwyk, 20 Josh Fowles, 21 Bevan Fortuin, 22 Mzwandile Stick.

15 Keith Earls, 14 Shane Williams, 13 Riki Flutey, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Luke Fitzgerald, 10 James Hook, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Andy Powell, 7 Joe Worsley, 6 Nathan Hines, 5 Donncha O’Callaghan (c), 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Subs: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Adam Jones, 18 Tom Croft, 19 David Wallace, 20 Harry Ellis, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Ugo Monye.

The official debut of the Southern Kings, an Eastern Cape franchise which hopes to eventually take part in Super Rugby. The game opened with a moment of silence to acknowledge the happenings of the 16th June 1976. First blood was to the Southern Kings, put on the board courtesy of a penalty kicked over by Jaco van der Westhuyzen. James Hook left the field injured after 14 minutes, to be replaced by Ronan O'Gara. The game was refereed by Nigel Owens (Wales). Nelson Mandela Stadium had large empty spots and the surface was a bit slippery with sands going up behind the players' boots.

20 Jun 2009

1500

SPRINGBOKS
26

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
21

Absa Park

Durban

15. Frans Steyn (27)
14. JP Pietersen (24)
13. Adi Jacobs (21)
12. Jean de Villiers (46)
11. Bryan Habana (46)
10. Ruan Pienaar (27)
9. Fourie du Preez (43)
8. Pierre Spies (19)
7. Juan Smith (54)
6. Heinrich Brüssow (1)
5. Victor Matfield (80)
4. Bakkies Botha (55)
3. John Smit (81) – captain
2. Bismarck du Plessis (21)
1. Tendai Mtawarira (10)
Replacements:
16. Gurthrö Steenkamp (20)
17. Deon Carstens (7)
18. Andries Bekker (13)
19. Danie Rossouw (36)
20. Ricky Januarie (34)
21. Jaque Fourie (42)
22. Morné Steyn (uncapped)

15. Lee Byrne (Ospreys/Wales)
14. Tommy Bowe (Ospreys/Ireland)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster/Ireland)
12. Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
11. Ugo Monye (Harlequins/England)
10. Stephen Jones (Scarlets/Wales)
9. Mike Phillips (Ospreys/Wales)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Leinster/Ireland)
7. David Wallace (Munster/Ireland)
6. Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers/England)
5. Paul O’Connell (Munster/Ireland) Captain
4. Alun-Wyn Jones (Ospreys/Wales)
3. Phil Vickery (London Wasps/England)
2. Lee Mears (Bath/England)
1. Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
Replacements
16. Matthew Rees (Scarlets/Wales)
17. Adam Jones (Ospreys/Wales)
18. Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster/Ireland)
19. Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
20. Harry Ellis (Leicester Tigers/England)
21. Ronan O’Gara (Munster/Ireland)
22. Rob Kearney (Leinster/Ireland)

Refereed by Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand).

With hotels in Durban being sold out, fans were forced to book accommodation up to 2 hours outside Durban.

23 Jun 2009

1910

EMERGING SPRINGBOKS
13

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
13

Newlands

Cape Town

Jacques Botes – Sharks
Jean Deysel – Sharks
Wian du Preez –  Cheetahs
Werner Kruger –  Blue Bullsv Patrick Cilliers – Sharks
Tiaan Liebenberg – Western Province
Bandisa Maku –  Blue Bulls
Dewald Potgieter –  Blue Bulls – Captain
Wilhelm Steenkamp – Blue Bulls
Steven Sykes – Sharks
Franco van der Merwe – Lions
Duane Vermeulen – Western Province
Heini Adams – Blue Bulls
Bjorn Basson – GWK Griquas
Burton Francis – Blue Bulls
Zane Kirchner – Blue Bulls
Louis Ludik – Lions
Morgan Newman – Western Province
Earl Rose – Lions
Deon van Rensburg – Leopards
Jano Vermaak – Lions
Luzuko Vulindlu – Sharks

No player who has appeared for the Springboks was considered for the Emerging Springboks team.

Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir coached the Emerging Springboks alongside assistants Jerome Paarwater and Stanley Raubenheimer.

15 Keith Earls, 14 Shane Williams, 13 Riki Flutey, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Luke Fitzgerald, 10 Ronan O’Gara (c), 9 Harry Ellis, 8 Andy Powell, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Joe Worsley, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 John Hayes, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Tim Payne.
Subs: 16 Lee Mears, 17 Phil Vickery, 18 Simon Shaw, 19 David Wallace, 20 Mike Blair, 21 James Hook, 22 Ugo Monye.

Refereed by Alain Rolland (Ireland)

27 Jun 2009

1500

SPRINGBOKS
28

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
25

Loftus Versfeld

Pretoria

15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Adi Jacobs, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit (c), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Chilliboy Ralepelle, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Heinrich Brussow, 21 Jaque Fourie, 22 Morne Steyn.

15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O’Driscoll, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Luke Fitzgerald, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 David Wallace, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Paul O’Connell (c), 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Subs: 16 Andrew Sheridan, 17 Ross Ford, 18 Alun Wyn Jones, 19 Martyn Williams, 20 Harry Ellis, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Shane Williams.

Refereed by Christophe Berdos (France)

4 Jul 2009

1500

SPRINGBOKS
9

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
28

Ellis Park

Johannesburg

5 Zane Kirchner, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Johann Muller, 3 John Smit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Deon Carstens, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Pierre Spies, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Frans Steyn.

15 Rob Kearney, 14 Ugo Monye, 13 Tommy Bowe , 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Joe Worsley, 5 Paul O’Connell (c), 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Phil Vickery, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Subs: 16 Ross Ford, 17 John Hayes, 18 Alun-Wyn Jones, 19 David Wallace, 20 Tom Croft, 21 Harry Ellis, 22 James Hook.

Refereed by Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

Captain of British Irish Lions

Paul O'Connell

Coach

Ian McGeechan

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