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British and Irish Lions in government talks to secure ‘home visit’ against South Africa |  Rugby news

British and Irish Lions plan to play Test Series against South Africa at home; Tour operators need Westminster to ensure financial accountability; South Africa has yet to launch its covid vaccination program; Australia offered to host series

Last updated: 23/02/21 13:17 pm

British and Irish Lions could play South Africa at home this summer

The British and Irish Lions have called on the government to play the South African series in the UK and Ireland.

The odds of a ‘home visit’ have been significantly boosted by the news that capacity crowds could be allowed into English stadiums by the end of June.

For that to happen, tour operators would need Westminster to secure any financial liability, if crowd restrictions remain in place.

The Lions are scheduled to face Japan in Edinburgh on June 26 before flying to Cape Town.

But as South Africa has yet to launch its Covid vaccination program, playing tests in Twickenham, Cardiff and Dublin in front of fans could be the order of the day.

Other options still being considered are to tour South Africa, most likely behind closed doors, or move it to Australia, which has offered to host the series.

An official announcement is expected in March.

British and Irish Lions in government talks to secure ‘home visit’ against South Africa |  Rugby news

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