Former Lion Says He Fears For Future Tours
Lions legend Adam Jones says he fears for future Lions tours.
There has been a lot of talk in recent months in relation to the likes of Premiership Rugby being unhappy with the current length of the tours. With a new global rugby calendar set to come in following the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Jones reckons World Rugby could even interject.
Jones reckons it’s inevitable that future tours will be shortened, but is strongly in favour of leaving it the way it is.
“It seems inevitable that there will be less time for these trips, with World Rugby apparently keen for them to be reduced to eight games, but the tour of New Zealand has proved that the Lions still works,” said Jones in his ESPN column.
“The 10-match schedule should not be thrown out but instead used as a blueprint for future tours. Ten matches is a good amount of time to get a squad together and allow players to get used to each other.
“If you cut another two games from an already packed schedule then you are making it doubly hard for the Lions to compete with Southern Hemisphere sides. But these days money talks, and if Premiership Rugby or World Rugby want to mess with the Lions then I’m sure they are more than capable of doing so,”