Chris Schoeman and I have collaborated on our third South African rugby history book. Lions in Africa traces the history of the thirteen tours of the British Isles teams to South Africa, from humble beginnings at the newly built Newlands stadium in 1891, to the last match played between these sporting giants at Ellis Park stadium in 2009. In two weeks' time the fourteenth Lions tour will begin, thus continuing a tradition started 130 years ago.

The book is not just about the matches - we also describe how the early tours took place - the uncomfortable journeys in carts over very poor roads, on slow trains, and in small steamers along our coastline. We also touch on events off the field, and some controversies.


Book Cover


During the course of the twentieth century the Lions tours went from having relatively small numbers of spectators in person, to a massive sporting event followed around the world.

The book will be distributed in South Africa by Flyleaf Publishers and in the United Kingdom by Amberley Press. The SA edition (in paperback only) is now available from bookshops across South Africa or can be ordered through SELECT BOOKS for R320.

For our customers in the UK and Europe, the UK edition (in hardcover only) will soon be widely available from local bookshops and online retailers are already taking pre-orders.

On request, Chris Schoeman and I can sign and inscribe copies of the paperback edition ordered through SELECT BOOKS.

Kind regards
David McLennan
Tel: +27 (0)21 424 6955

07/31/2021 - 00:00
Objects Artefacts Books
Fri, 06/25/2021 - 10:27

Back to Notices

Disclaimer: Any views expressed by individuals and organisations are their own and do not in any way represent the views of The Heritage Portal.