The British & Irish Could Be Set To Play A Warm-Up Game In Ireland Before Their Tour To South Africa
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The British and Irish Lions could be set to play a fixture in Ireland, Scotland or Wales ahead of next year’s tour of South Africa.
The Press Association are reporting that those three countries are being lined up as possible hosts for a potential Lions fixture against an unnamed opponent before they fly out for their tour in 2021.
The game would take place in late June 2021 before they fly out for an eight-match tour of South Africa and includes a three-Test series against the world champion Springboks.
Twickenham, the home of England Rugby, is unlikely to be available as the 2021 Gallagher Premiership final is scheduled there for 26 June, but so far Scotland have come out and welcomed the idea of potentially staging a game in Murrayfield.
“We are always open for business, and have a track record of putting on big events beyond Scotland Test matches, such as football games for Celtic, Hearts and Liverpool, music concerts and European and Guinness PRO14 rugby finals,” the Scottish Rugby Union said in a statement to the PA news agency.
“We have as rich a Lions history as any of the nations, and it would be great to host the famous red jerseys on Scottish soil for the first time.”
The last time the Lions played a warm-up game on home soil was back in 2005 when they took on Argentina in Wales. They also took on the Barbarians in 2009 but that fixture took place in Hong Kong.