When you have waited for five years for the chance to be part of the British & Irish Lions Tour you have always wanted to experience, an early alarm call is hardly a problem.
Which is why, at 5.57am on Friday 10 July, Laith Sabir became the first Lions fan to guarantee his place on the 2017 Tour to New Zealand with a Priority Access Pass from Lions Rugby Travel.
The 54-year-old Cardiff native, who now lives in Doncaster, has the privilege of being the first Lions fan to be assured of their place, on what is expected to be the most in demand Lions Tour ever – which is quite a badge of honour for any Lions fan.
“I have followed The Lions since I was a kid – the likes of Gareth Edwards and Barry John were heroes of mine from that iconic 1974 Tour to South Africa – and I always said to myself I would be on the first tour to New Zealand after I retired,” Laith said. “That was in 2010 and although I am working occasionally, I am not missing this – I just have to be there.
“To me a Lions Tour is about the people you meet and the places you visit. In rugby there is nothing like it. I knew the fixtures were close to being announced so I just found Lions Rugby Travel on line and booked my pass.
“Booking officially with Lions Rugby Travel is very important to me – it’s total peace of mind and now I know it’s done I don’t have to worry, it was easy and informative.”
Laith has never been on a Lions Tour before which is regarded as the ultimate touring experience for fans from the four home nations. And more fans than ever before have already guaranteed their places with a Priority Access Pass ahead of the 2017 tour.
A Cardiff Blues fan, he saw The Lions in Cardiff against Argentina before the 2005 tour to New Zealand but this time he will be there in the thick of the action with the thousands of Lions fans who will sweep across New Zealand.
“I am looking forward to doing a motor home package – so I can just tour around, see a great country and spend time exploring away from the rugby,” he said. “The added benefits with Lions Rugby Travel is the chance to meet the coach or see the team train which is fantastic, I would thoroughly recommend it.
“I have always wanted to say I am going on a Lions tour and now I can. It will just be a great experience.”
Fans are now able to guarantee their place on the 2017 Tour to New Zealand with a fully refundable £250 Priority Access Pass for the official supporter packages. Guarantee your place at the front of the queue when ticket-inclusive travel packages go on sale during the 2015/16 season, and also receive an exclusive incite to meet the Lions Head Coach before their depart for New Zealand. With exclusive access to special events, flights and hotels, it’s the genuine Lions experience.