- Delves to the heart of the most famous Lions tour of the modern age
- Featuring brand-new interviews with both the Lions and Springboks players and management, as well as featuring thoughts on the tour from modern-day greats who were inspired by the ’97 tour including Jonny Wilkinson, Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell, Sam Warburton, Shane Williams, Kyle Sinckler and many more
- Published ahead of the Lions return to South Africa in 2021
About the Book
The 1997 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa is one of the most iconic in rugby history. Written off at home and abroad, Martin Johnson’s men were given no hope of success against the world champion Springboks in their own back yard. But a combination of brilliant coaching, astute selections and outstanding players laid the foundations for the touring side’s outstanding attacking mindset and brutal stonewall defence.
On the other side was a team expected to stamp their authority on the tourists and confirm their place as the best side in the world. But with political, racial and economic scandals swirling around the Springbok camp, plus a rookie coach parachuted into place just before the tour began, the hosts were under huge pressure.
In a Test series that will go down in ages as one of the most compelling of all time, the sides could barely be separated. This is the inside story from both camps as they battle for supremacy, lifting the lid like never before as a huge cast of characters look back on those extraordinary weeks and the impact it had on their lives and careers thereafter. Hilarious, insightful and spine-chilling, Tom English and Peter Burns provide the perfect read ahead of the Lions return to South Africa in 2021.