The team headed directly to Johannesburg on a charter flight from Edinburgh, following The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup clash against Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday 26 June.
The Lions’ arrival in Johannesburg saw the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales embarking on an eight-game Tour of South Africa, including three Tests against World Champions, the Springboks. Both The British and Irish Lions and Springboks were carried across the country to matches by British Airways’ franchise partner, Comair.
Prior to the events, Sean Doyle, CEO, British British Airways, said, “We are honoured to be flying The British and Irish Lions to South Africa ahead of their tour. After a difficult year, we look forward to uniting the nation through sport and cheering them on. From everyone at British Airways, we wish them the best of luck and hope to carry them home as champions.”