British Airways is offering rugby fans the opportunity
to name the official aircraft taking the British & Irish Lions squad to
South Africa in May.
A public competition will be held to select the
name to be branded across the official British Airways aircraft
taking the players, coaches and support staff to the republic.
Former Lions player Jeremy Guscott will be amongst the panel
of judges that sift through the nominations to find the most
fitting name. Entries will be judged on creativity, suitability
and relevance to the tour.
2003 the airline famously flew the World Cup wining England rugby
team back from Australia in 'Sweet Chariot', while the team that
came so close to a successful defence of the trophy in 2007 was
flown to Paris in 'Hope and Glory'. More recently a gold-nosed
aircraft called 'Pride' had the honour of returning Team GB and
ParalympicsGB from the 2008 Beijing Games.
ambassador Jeremy Guscott said, "We're asking rugby fans to get
behind the team and show their support by coming up with the most
creative, fitting and inspiring name that will take their heroes
to South Africa."
Hopeful entrants should send proposed
names to firstname.lastname@example.org
with 'Name That Plane' as the subject line by 25th April.
The successful winner will receive a picture of the team
with the plane, as well as a British & Irish Lions shirt
signed by the players.
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