The official aircraft taking the British & Irish
Lions team to South Africa for the impending Lions Tour has been
named ‘Air Force Scrum’.
In a competition run by British Airways, Dublin
Trinity College student Dara Fahy came up with the winning name
for the Boeing 747 taking the players, coaches and support staff
to Johannesburg on Sunday 24 May.
Dara, 23 years old,
said, “I’m delighted that British Airways have deemed my entry the
winner - it is a huge honour. I chose 'Air Force Scrum' in the
hope that it inspires our boys ahead of what will be a massive
physical test in South Africa. I also feel it encapsulates the
sense of humour and camaraderie that are essential ingredients in
Ian McGeechan's recipe for success. Come on the Lions!”
Extra food and drink will be loaded for the flight for the team of
players, who together weigh more than 3725kg. The menu includes a
‘four-nations’ selection of dishes including Rachel’s Organic
Peach Yoghurt from Wales, freshly sourced catch of the day from
Scotland’s Loch Fyne, potted crab with toasted flatbread – one of
Ireland’s most favoured dishes – and of course, a traditional
Former British & Lions player Jeremy
Guscott, who helped judge the nominations said, “Air Force Scrum
just says it all! I know the boys will be very proud to fly on the
official British Airways flight named in their honour.”
Other nominations for the aircraft name included; Try & Glory,
Courage, The Roar Of The Four and All Roar One. For his winning
entry Dara will receive a picture of the team with the aircraft
and a signed shirt.
The players will fly in British
Airways’ Club World business class offering fully flat beds and a menu inspired by some of the
world’s top chefs to ensure they arrive refreshed and ready for
the Tour ahead.
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