50 years since

the 1974 lions tour

first test match

THE HISTORY

They are not just an iconic rugby team, they are one of the greatest teams in world sport, ever. And today marks a very special anniversary for The British & Irish Lions.

Fifty years ago today, the legendary unbeaten 1974 team started their tour of South Africa.

They remain, half a century later, revered in Lions history and folklore. In 22 matches, they won 21 and drew one – the last Test match of the series – to become known as the ‘Invincibles’.

A feat that has yet to be matched, this Lions vintage heralded a new dawn for the Lions and laid the foundations for what they are today. Led by the brilliant Willie John McBride, this epic achievement is still regarded as the best tour in rugby history.

It’s what makes the Lions unique, special and unmatched. We are celebrating this incredible achievement and looking forward to watching the next chapter unfold in Australia next year.

This is why so many fans make the pilgrimage – in honour of the crest, the red jersey and their place in history. Your place awaits.

The worlds greatest tour

Lions tour to Australia 2025

We cannot wait for you to join us in making this the biggest and most succesful British & Irish Lions Tour yet.

Test locations

Melbourne: Take the City Circle Tram
Take the City Circle Tram in heritage class trams around the City, a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. Tourists, shoppers, office workers and families can use the City Circle Tram to travel to major attractions, shops and city events. An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre.
Brisbane: Howard Smith Wharves
Floating riverside bars, Greek, Italian and Japanese fine dining spots dotted along the boardwalk, and Brisbane’s first CBD craft brewery all reside here.
Sydney: Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
Feel on top of the world when you ascend to the highest point of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb. The pinnacle of this famous arch offers sweeping city and harbour views.
Explore the great Barrier reef
Take a snorkeling or diving tour to explore the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Discover the vibrant coral reefs and a myriad of marine life, including colorful fish, turtles, rays, and possibly even dolphins and sharks.
Adelaide: Enjoy Adelaide Hills
Enjoy lunches move in firelit wine cellars as kangaroos hop around outside enjoying the cooler temperatures. As well as wineries, the region is famous for its craft beer producers and gin distillers and there are some great opportunities to enjoy beer tastings and gin blending.
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