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The British & Irish Lions' storied history in PE

News24
16 Sep 2020, 18:42 GMT+10

The city of Port Elizabeth's incredibly rich rugby history with the famed British & Irish Lions continues in 2021 when the northern men visit the friendly city for the 14th successive time in 14 tours, dating back to 1891.

2009: British & Irish Lions v Southern Kings 20-8 (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium)

1997: British & Irish Lions v EP 39-11 (Boet Erasmus)

1980: British & Irish Lions v EP 28-16 (Boet Erasmus)

1974: British & Irish Lions v EP 28-14 (Boet Erasmus)

1968: British & Irish Lions v EP 23-14 (Boet Erasmus)

1962: British & Irish Lions v EP 21-6 (Boet Erasmus)

1955: British & Irish Lions v EP 0-20 (Crusaders Ground)

1938: British & Irish Lions v EP 6-5 (St Georges Park)

1924: British & Irish Lions v EP 6-14 (Crusaders Ground)

1910: British & Irish Lions v EP 14-6 (Port Elizabeth Ground)

1903: British & Irish Lions v Port Elizabeth 15-0 (Crusaders Ground)

1903: British & Irish Lions v EP 12-0 (Port Elizabeth Ground)

1896: British & Irish Lions v Port Elizabeth 26-3 (Port Elizabeth Ground)

1896: British & Irish Lions v EP 18-0 (Port Elizabeth Ground)

1891: British & Irish Lions v Port Elizabeth 22-0 (Crusaders Ground)

1891: British & Irish Lions v EP 21-0 (Crusaders Ground)

Remembering the EP locals who downed the mighty British & Irish Lions

The 1955 EP team that beat the British & Irish Lions 20-0:

15. F Griffiths, 14. S Visagie, 13. S Pearson, 12 R Nieuwenhuizen, 11. K Watson, 10. T Mills, 9. N Singleton, 8. D Schonken, 7. W Cunningham, 6. R Johnson, 5. R Griesel, 4. D Staples, 3. N Fick, 2. C Kroon, 1. A du Plooy

The 1924 EP team that beat the British & Irish Lions 14-6:

15 F Anderssen, 14. J Slater, 13. A Coetzee, 12. C Keey, 11. T Jefferys, 10. T Michau, 9. J Fourie, 8. D Coetzee, 7. T White, 6. J Wilken, 5. W Jacobs, 4. W Crockhart, 3. A van Heerden, 2. M Loftus, 1. J Dold

British & Irish Lions versus Springboks in Port Elizabeth:

1980: British & Irish Lions v Springboks 10-12 (Boet Erasmus)

1974: British & Irish Lions v Springboks 26-9 (Boet Erasmus)

1968: British & Irish Lions v Springboks 6-all (Boet Erasmus)

1955: British & Irish Lions v Springboks 8-22 (Crusaders Ground)

1938: British & Irish Lions v Springboks 3-19 (Crusaders Ground)

1924: British & Irish Lions v Springboks 3-all (Crusaders Ground)

1910: British & Irish Lions v Springboks 3-8 (Crusaders Ground)

1896: British & Irish Lions v Springboks 8-0 (Crusaders Ground)

1891: British & Irish Lions v Springboks 4-0 (Crusaders Ground)

Overall history between the British & Irish Lions & Springboks:

Springboks 23 wins, Lions 17 wins and 6 draws.

Average score: Lions 11 Springboks 13

How Does the Ballot Process Work?

Applicants will use the ballot to apply for tickets to their preferred match, ticket category, ticket quantity and, where applicable, hospitality package.

After the ticket ballot application phase has been completed there will be a computerised selection process. Applicants will then be notified if they have been successful in securing their preferred tickets.

Why a Ticket Ballot?

The ballot system is used in all global major sporting events and is the fairest method of obtaining tickets. Registration and entry into the ballot will not automatically entitle applicants to match-day tickets and the purpose of the registration and entry into the ballot places the applicant in the draw.

Full 2021 tour schedule:

Saturday 3 July: British & Irish Lions v Stormers - Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Wednesday 7 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa Invitational - Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Saturday 10 July: British & Irish Lions v Sharks - Kings Park, Durban

Wednesday 14 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa 'A' - Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Saturday 17 July: British & Irish Lions v Bulls - Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Saturday 24 July (first Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions - FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Saturday 31 July (second Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions - Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Saturday 7 August (third Test): Springboks vs British & Irish Lions - Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

The ticket ballot process is as follows:

- The ballot opened on Wednesday, 2 September at 10h00 at www.lionstour2021.co.za;

- South African residents will be able to select tickets for all eight matches (to a maximum of eight tickets per match);

- Ballot closes on Wednesday, 16 September at 23h59;

- The draw will take place by a computerised selection process;

- All registered users will be advised by email whether they have been successful or not before the end of September;

- Payment will automatically take place on the credit card used for submitting your ballot application if you are successful and;

- Seat allocation and tickets dispatch (courier or electronic) will take place in the second quarter of 2021.

Hospitality packages are available for all matches - ranging in price from R2 495 (excl. VAT) for a midweek game to R8 995 (excl. VAT) for a Test match. Those interested should email: hospitality@sarugbyevents.co.za.

Similarly, tickets can be accessed as part of a tour travel package by contacting SA Rugby Travel on info@sarugbytravel.com or 021 525 2515.

Ticket prices:

Ticket prices for the Lions' matches against the Stormers at Cape Town Stadium, the Sharks at Kings Park and the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld range in price from R250 to R600.

Tickets for mid-week matches against a SA Invitational team in Port Elizabeth and against SA 'A' at Mbombela Stadium are even cheaper ranging from only R100 to R350.

The cheapest Test match ticket is R500 - less than the price of a ticket to a 2019 Springbok Test - and increases to R1 250 and R2 000 to the top-priced ticket of R3 000.

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