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Lions' South Africa series could be played in UK and Ireland

Lions' South Africa series could be played in UK and Ireland”

Planet Rugby reports that a postponement until 2022 and pressing ahead with the current itinerary in South Africa but holding the games behind closed doors are also options being examined.

"To date, the Lions board has experienced recurring conferences to talk about all situations available and is in consistent dialogue".

Initially, the Lions were due to play a warm-up match against Japan on 26 June, which has already been scheduled at Edinburgh's Murrayfield stadium.

The Stormers, Sharks and Bulls are all thanks to participate in Warren Gatland's facet in addition to South Africa's "Invitational" and "A" teams prior to a 3-Check collection in opposition to the reigning world victor Springboks.

The large-scale global rollout of a vaccine should allow fans to attend games again, however, there would need to be more concrete figures guaranteed with Lions chiefs eager to call the tour by February at the latest.

Earlier this month, Lions managing director Ben Calveley said a decision on the viability of the tour will be made as soon as possible in order to help the thousands of rugby fans who are considering making the trip.

A third contingency plan would see the British and Irish Lions host the series for the first time in venues such as Dublin's Aviva Stadium, London's Twickenham and Cardiff's Principality Stadium. The Lions have issued a statement saying they will meet through January and February and ultimately make a decision on the best way forward.

Calveley said an update would be provided in "due course".

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Even a profit split between the home unions and SA Rugby would be a drop in the ocean for what the South Africans could earn if they could host the tour and get crowds into games.

The tour is set to culminate with three matches against world champions South Africa, with two held in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town.

The Springboks won the series 2-1 when they last visited in 2009.

'England have been playing good rugby and winning big matches.

'Warren Gatland has been successful on past tours to Australia and New Zealand.

The whole point of a Lions tour is the band of brothers going into hostile environments away from home.

However, given the uncertainty that continues to be caused by the coronavirus pandemic both in South Africa, as well as the United Kingdom and Ireland, we are very aware of the need to make a timely decision on the best way forward.

It is probably no surprise, then, to find the proposed idea of South Africa travelling to England then, and without much fans in stadiums, does not have huge backing.

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