Wonderful Gesture From All Blacks Fans For Visiting Lions Supporters This Summer
British and Irish Lions supporters travelling to New Zealand this summer are being offered free accommodation by local All Blacks fans.
The “Adopt a Lions Fan 2017” Facebook page has been created because of a lack of affordable accommodation for the estimated 20,000 fans who will make the journey.
The tour, which starts on 3 June and finishes on 7 July, will include 10 matches – three Tests against the All Blacks, five matches against New Zealand Super Rugby teams, and games against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and the Maori All Blacks.
“I really hope friendships will develop out of this, because rugby is a great vehicle for it,” said organiser Adam Gilshnan.
“We don’t want money to change hands at all, we want visitors to experience the famed Kiwi hospitality, and give Kiwi rugby fans the opportunity to look after their Lions guests.”
A couple of hundred people have already put their details on this Facebook page, offering beds, entire units, and even driveways for camper vans. Locals are also offering pick-ups from airports, and many hosting rugby BBQs. Only in rugby.