“Josh Navidi Got A Little DJ Deck With Tadhg [Furlong] & Tom [Curry] – They Were Blasting Out A Few Tunes!”

Navicii and friends.

As far as British and Irish Lions tours go, this year’s trip to South Africa hasn’t exactly been your typical tour in many respects.

The world is still struggling to deal with COVID-19 and South Africa is an epicentre for the virus at the moment as it continues to wreak havoc on its people and their lives.

There have been no fans in the stadiums for any of the games, home or away – and that will be the case for the Test series too. No sea of red, not even a drop of it.

Players are in strict bubbles and basically spend all their time back at their hotel. There’s no pub crawls, tourist experiences, adventure days, nothing. But that hasn’t stopped them from enjoying the experience, according to Jack Conan.

“It’s actually been alright, everyone makes an effort to hang out,” Conan said.

“Even this morning we had a bit of a coffee morning and there was Jamie George and Elliot [Daly] slinging a few coffees around, and Josh Navidi got a little DJ deck with Tadhg [Furlong] and Tom [Curry] and they were blasting out a few tunes so we’re definitely making the most of a strange situation.

“It’s been an incredibly enjoyable few weeks and I think it’s helped everyone bed in and get to know each other a little bit. The fact that we’re kind of stuck here together, we only have ourselves to entertain each other.

“It’s been great and I think that’s kind of shown on the pitch, the lads are working so hard for each other. That team ethos and team atmosphere we’ve been able to build so quickly.

“It’s been good on the pitch and off the pitch.”

Conan starts against the Stormers this weekend and he’s hoping he can impress before the first Test against the Springboks on Saturday week.

“I’m happy enough with how I’ve gone. Getting that first start against Japan over in Scotland was great,” he said.

“Even though I didn’t last the full 80, I was happy with how it’s gone and I’ve trained hard.

“It’s just about continually putting your hand up every chance you get and at the moment there’s always more to do but I’m happy enough with how it’s gone.”

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