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Jones Lang LaSalle hosts lunch prior to British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa

London, 14th May 2009 – Jones Lang LaSalle marked the launch of the British and Irish Lions impending tour to South Africa earlier today when it hosted a lunch at its Hanover Square office with guest speaker Andy Irvine, Chairman of the British and Irish Lions (and Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle Scotland).

The tour, which begins on 30th May in Rustenburg and ends on 4th July 2009 in Johannesburg comprises 10 matches and will see the Lions play three tests against the reigning world champions The Springboks. 

The forthcoming tour will be managed by former Welsh legend Gerald Davies and coached by Ian McGeechan, a former team mate of Andy Irvine on the Lions Tours to South Africa in 1974 and New Zealand in 1977.

On their last tour to New Zealand in 2005, The Lions coached by Sir Clive Woodward were whitewashed in the test series 3-0 by the All Blacks, but this year the Lions hope to emulate the success of their last tour to South Africa when they won the series 2-1.

Commenting on the upcoming tour Andy Irvine said; “This tour will certainly prove to be extremely challenging, with very tough provincial matches leading up to the all important tests.   The Springboks are not only the reigning world champions, but will be confident having recently toured the UK in the autumn and recorded victories over Wales, Scotland and England.  We are relaxed travelling as underdogs and hope that once again Ian McGeehan can mastermind a strategy to beat the South Africans on their home soil as he did as coach of the successful 1997 side”.