Singing With The Lions will take place in the picturesque Stellenbosch Winelands. An experience at the world’s largest private rugby collection, including the world’s largest British & Irish Lions collection will be followed by a night of excellent food, fine wines and great entertainment, in the company of some of the world’s most legendary former British & Irish Lions and Springbok rugby players.
The event will be hosted by former player Gavin Cowley.
Tables are limited and can be booked online. Tables consist of 10 seats each and can be reserved in its entirety or individual seats can be booked.
The Ultimate Rugby Experience at Nooitgedacht is the largest private rugby collection in the world, exhibiting the legendary collections of Theo Geustyn and Choet Visser in an innovative way that encourages engagement with the historical items on display, as well as interaction among visitors. Our vision is to create an immersive experience of the rich cultural heritage encapsulated by one of South Africa’s most beloved sports, while carrying this heritage forward into new, unexplored territory. Read about some of the highlights showcased in the museum.
1921 Springbok jersey of Sas de Kock, yhalf/centre on the 1st Springbok tour to New Zealand. The team left Cape Town per boat in the beginning of May 1921, played 24 matched and returned to SA in November, after a six month tour. The All Blacks and SA drew the series, 1-1.
A photo collage of the legendary Springbok centre, Mannetjies Roux. He played his rst test against Wales in 1960 and his last in 1970 against the All Blacks.
The jerseys of Theuns Stofberg and Jean Pierre Rives, both ankers during the so called “summer” test at Loftus Versveld in November 1980. At that time, a test match in November in the Southern Hemisphere was unheard of. Both these players were icons of test rugby in their era.
The jersey of Springbok fullback Jack van der Schyff. against the 1949 All Blacks, captained by Fred Allen. This was the rst test series for the Springboks after the Second World War. A white-wash win for the Boks 4-0. In those years the numbering of jerseys were the other way around, hence Jack wearing the number 1 jersey as the fullback.
The jersey of the 1937 winger Dendy Lawton on the tour to New Zealand. This was the rst team ever to win a series against the All Blacks and to this day, the only team to do so. This side was the so-called World Champions up until the Second World War (1939- 1945).
The Springbok jersey’s of Siya Kolisi and Bernard Le Roux (France) in the test played at Loftus Versveld in 2017.
A signed Springbok jersey of John Smit and Jaque Fourie during the 2007 Rugby World Cup match against England. The Springboks demolished England 36-0 and met them in the nal to win the Rugby World Cup for the second time.
The 2006 Springbok jersey of Johan Ackermann in the match against Ireland at Landsdown Road, Dublin. This is a very rare jersey as this very historical match was exactly 100 years after the 1906 Springboks
tour to the UK, under the leadership of Paul Roos and the game was played in identical jerseys to the 1906 Springboks.
A collection of jerseys: Eben Olivier (Springbok debut 1965), Charlie Cockrell (Springbok debut 1969)
and well known rugby commentator, Gavin Cowley; throughout their rugby careers.
The Lions Den. This area includes jerses of all the tours to SA after the Second World War. The 1974 British Lions was reckoned as the best touring team ever to visit SA. Interesting jerseys here: legendary Gareth Edwards (1974), Mervyn Davies (1974), Graham Price (1980), Jeremy Guscott (1997) and Jamie Roberts (2009). The mascot “Leo” was the of cial mascot of the Lions during their tour to New Zealand in 1966 and was donated by Roger Young who played against the Springboks in 1968. This mascot costume was also used by John Robbie in 2017 in the Supersport studio, during the Lions tour to New Zealand.
A display of jerseys, blazers and ties of the invincible Brithish Lions of 1974.
A collection of All Blacks jerseys, including one of the legends of All Black rugby, “Pinetree” Colin Meads. Colin played his rst test against the Springboks in 1960 under the captaincy of Wilson Whinery.
Jerseys of Springbok winger Theuns Briers and his All Black opponent, Ron Jarden, during the tour to New Zealand in 1956. Wingers in those days wore a number 2 jersey. Jarden was reckoned as one of the best wingers in world rugby of his era. This was the rst series the All Blacks won against the Springboks since 1921;
35 years later and a huge triumph for the team.
Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town and most inspiring wine, food, art and cultural destination. The scenic Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest in the country and one of the most popular destinations for local and international visitors alike. We’ll introduce you to unforgettable cellar door experiences, award-winning wine estates, celebrated restaurants and Stellenbosch’s unique and enviable lifestyle.
Stellenbosch is an ideal getaway year-round. Our historic town centre is a living museum with a vibrant street culture. Expect friendly locals, a host of lively events (from art, music and history to outdoor pursuits) and natural scenery to rival even our finest grape. See more information here.
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