The British & Irish Lions Vs New Zealand Series Decider Could Finally Be Happening
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The hugely anticipated Brtish and Irish Lions series decider with the mighty All Blacks could finally be about to happen with Warren Gatland leading the charge to make the game a reality.
Nations across the world have been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic, losing tens of millions in revenue, with officials now looking to try and make up for losses by organising as many games as possible once the season resumes.
The Lions and the All Blacks infamously drew their 2017 series in New Zealand with many calling for a fourth Test match to decide the winners once and for all – and Gatland has a plan.
The Lions head coach will once again lead them in 2021 when they travel to South Africa and has approached New Zealand about potentially playing them in a series decider before they fly in for their tour.
“I’ve spoken to Mark Robinson (New Zealand CEO) about a warm-up game for the Lions and he was potentially talking about the New Zealand Maoris as a game,” Gatland said on The Breakdown Show on Sky Sports NZ
“But is it something that the All Blacks go up there for a decider at the end of June before we go off to South Africa?
“Potentially it’s an opportunity to make four or five million pounds from a game like that and put some money back into the coffers, that we’re going to need.”
Gatland reckons the unions across the world need to come together once the season resumes and get as much revenue as possible in.
“Potentially there are some opportunities for the world to come together in terms of how we get up and running again and generate as much revenue as we potentially can and don’t damage what we’ve got,” Gatland added.
“With the July, August Test series due to be called off, do the southern hemisphere teams go up to the northern hemisphere in November and play in a round-robin tournament?
“If it’s revenue-sharing I think potentially there’s an opportunity to earn probably about £20million for each home nation if they did something like that.”