British and Irish Lions 2021: Tour against South Africa Springboks won’t be in Australia


Rugby Australia’s audacious plan to host the British and Irish Lions and Springboks won’t happen, with the Lions board ruling out the idea on Friday.

But a decision on where to play the tour has been delayed.

With Covid wreaking havoc throughout South Africa, as well as across the UK and Ireland, the British and Irish Lions had entertained the idea of sensationally playing the world champion Springboks Down Under after RA chairman Hamish McLennan offered to host the series.

With crowds anything but a certainty in South Africa and up north, playing the series in Australia, which had shown the flexibility to host big tournaments and potential of filling stadia, had merit.

But on Friday the Lions Board all but ruled out playing the series in Australia because RA couldn’t meet the minimum financial requirements.


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