The 2009 British and Irish Lions Tour is scheduled to take place from May to July 2009, with seven provincial games being played alongside the three-match Test series. It has been confirmed that the Test matches will be played in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Itinerary

Match Date Opponent Location Referee
1 30 May Highveld XV Rustenburg Marius Jonker
2 3 June Golden Lions Johannesburg Craig Joubert
3 6 June Free State Cheetahs Bloemfontein Wayne Barnes
4 10 June Natal Sharks Durban Jonathan Kaplan
5 13 June Western Province Cape Town Mark Lawrence
6 16 June Southern Kings Port Elizabeth Nigel Owens
1st Test 20 June First Test Durban Bryce Lawrence
7 23 June Emerging Springboks Cape Town Alain Rolland
2nd Test 27 June Second Test Pretoria Christophe Berdos
3rd Test 4 July Third Test Johannesburg Stuart Dickinson

2009 British and Irish Lions Squad

Player Position Home Union Club
Jerry Flannery Hooker Ireland Munster
Lee Mears Hooker England Bath
Matthew Rees Hooker Wales Scarlets
Gethin Jenkins Prop Wales Cardiff Blues
Adam Jones Prop Wales Ospreys
Euan Murray Prop Scotland Northampton Saints
Andrew Sheridan Prop England Sale Sharks
Phil Vickery Prop England London Wasps
Nathan Hines Lock Scotland Perpignan
Alun Wyn Jones Lock Wales Ospreys
Donncha O’Callaghan Lock Ireland Munster
Paul O’Connell (C) Lock Ireland Munster
Simon Shaw Lock England London Wasps
Stephen Ferris Flanker Ireland Ulster
Alan Quinlan Flanker Ireland Munster
David Wallace Flanker Ireland Munster
Martyn Williams Flanker Wales Cardiff Blues
Joe Worsley Flanker England London Wasps
Jamie Heaslip Number eight Ireland Leinster
Andy Powell Number eight Wales Cardiff Blues
Harry Ellis Scrum-half England Leicester Tigers
Mike Phillips Scrum-half Wales Ospreys
Stephen Jones Fly-half Wales Scarlets
Ronan O’Gara Fly-half Ireland Munster
Keith Earls Centre Ireland Munster
Riki Flutey Centre England London Wasps
Brian O’Driscoll Centre Ireland Leinster
Jamie Roberts Centre Wales Cardiff Blues
Tommy Bowe Wing Ireland Ospreys
Luke Fitzgerald Wing Ireland Leinster
Leigh Halfpenny Wing Wales Cardiff Blues
Ugo Monye Wing England Harlequins
Shane Williams Wing Wales Ospreys
Lee Byrne Fullback Wales Ospreys
Rob Kearney Fullback Ireland Leinster

The Lions squad is dominated by Irish players, more so than ever before with 4 players from the Champion Leinster club. The Lions Tour 2009 will be a chance for revenge for the World Champion South African team who lost to the Lions in their last visit. The tour will be an interesting one for sure. I will be watching, will you?

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