Jim Telfer ‘Everest’ speech parody video urges Brits and Irish to visit Australia for Lions tour

“Now comes the hard bit. Convincing your wives to let you go.”

A parody of a famous speech by former British Lions rugby coach Jim Telfer has appeared on YouTube.

The mock video of Telfer’s expletive-heavy ‘Everest’ rallying cry from the 1997 South Africa tour launches four months before the British and Iris Lions’ tour of Australia in June.

The three-minute video, which is hosted on Tourism Australia’s YouTube channel and carries TA and Qantas branding, aims to encourage Irish and British men to travel to Australia to support their team – by convincing their wives to let them go.

“Will you be on that Qantas plane?” asks Telfer himself, who appears in the video alongside rugby fans who take the place of Lions forwards. “Will you swap Swansea for Sydney? Will you swap Bristol for Bristol, Melrose for Melbourne? Isn’t five weeks of tropical bliss worth one night in the dog house?”

The original speech, seen in this video, Telfer made before the start of the first test.


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