A Long Time in the Making
The squad, made up of players who are eligible to represent the home nations, first toured New Zealand in 1888, but did not play against the New Zealand national team until 1904. Touring every four years, they have only won one test series against the All Blacks, that coming in 1971. But with one match left to play, they are currently tied at 1-1 against the best rugby union side in the world.
After losing the first match a comfortable 30-15, The Lions needed second-half tries from Taulupe Faletau and Conor Murray to bring them back into contention when Owen Farrell made no mistake with a 77th-minute penalty to seal a 24-21 victory in the second match.
Slingsby Gin Joining the Pride
Slingsby Gin are a premium spirit brand that like The Lions have great history and heritage. Since 1571, Slingsby’s were exploiting the unique properties of natural spring water from the Tewit Well in Harrogate to make their spirits.
To celebrate this occasion, they have launched a special limited edition bottle of the Navy Strength Gin (the standard bottle can be bought here) to commemorate the tour. Slingsby state about the Lions, “with the jersey comes great responsibility; they are the best of the best, selected from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The embodiment of friendship, integrity, discipline and respect. We are proud to be the Official Supplier to the team for their New Zealand tour this summer.”
You can see how the Lions get on live on Sky Sports at 8:35 in the morning, and you can find more information at the official Lions website. That might be a bit early to crack open the gin, but maybe a lunchtime celebratory tipple of the fruity Rhubarb Gin or a G&T with the classic London Dry Gin might be on the cards!