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The world's most iconic touring rugby team visits Hong Kong for the first time!

The British Consulate-General held a Sport is GREAT reception on 15 January to welcome the Lions’ senior management team.

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"Sport is GREAT" reception

(L to R) Lions Tour Manager Andy Irvine, British Consul General Caroline Wilson, HK Rugby Football Union Chairman Trevor Gregory and Lions Team Coach Warren Gatland.

The British and Irish Lions will make history as they play their first ever match in Hong Kong against the Barbarians on 1 June. The British Consulate-General held a “Sport is GREAT” reception on 15 January to welcome the Lions’ senior management team, who were in Hong Kong as part of their preparations.

At the reception, British Consul General Caroline Wilson said:

2012 was a fantastic year for Sport in Britain. I can’t think of a better way to start 2013 than by welcoming representatives of this truly world class team. The Lions team represents the best of the best from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I am particularly pleased Irish Honorary Consul Harry O’Neill is here to share with me in wishing the team all the best for their historic tour.

"Sport is GREAT" reception

Further information

The British & Irish Lions, a team selected from the elite Rugby Union players from the four fiercest of rivals (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) join forces to go on Tour every four years. They will play the first of 10 matches in Hong Kong and the remaining nine matches all around Australia, South Africa or New Zealand. Underpinned behind The Lions’ players are the very values which reunite them together as a team: Pride, Exclusivity, Passion, Responsibility, Pioneering and Friendship.

On 1 June, they will be playing the legendary Barbarians; an extremely exciting match for the very large British, Irish, Australian and South African population in Hong Kong.

Published 16 January 2013