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Lions in talks with UK government over hosting tour against South Africa

The British and Irish Lions have approached the UK government about hosting the South Africa series in the UK and Ireland.

A 'home tour' has become a possibility after the announcement that capacity crowds could be allowed in English stadiums by late June.

Now, discussions are taking place between tour organisers and the government, who need to underwrite any financial liability, should crowd restrictions remain in place.

The tour was originally scheduled to take place in South Africa, however, the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the country following a variant of the disease spreading throughout the country. South Africa are still yet to launch their COVID-19 vaccination programme, opening up the opportunity for Tests to take place at Twickenham, Cardiff and Dublin in front of fans.

Other options for tour organisers include proceeding with the tour in South Africa, most likely behind-closed-doors, or to move the competition to Australia, who offered to host the series earlier this month having successfully dealt with pandemic, which has allowed for sport to continue, including the Australian Open.

Author: Jake Wilkin

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