The British & Irish Lions’ board has rejected an offer from Australia to host this year’s series in opposition to the Springboks.
In accordance to reports in the Telegraph and the Day-to-day Mail, after a meeting this week, the eight-man British & Irish Lions board, chaired by customary England front-ranker Jason Leonard, dominated out the option of shifting the tour Down Under.
Rugby Australia (RA) had previously offered to host the eight-match tour, promising potential crowds in the three Assessments in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane and to cover all funds incurred.
The British & Irish Lions board had hoped to secure a final resolution on the tour at their meeting, but are silent waiting to hear if the UK government will underwrite the prices of an unprecedented relocation of the tour to the UK and Eire.
Whereas preliminary reports have been that a favourable response changed into expected from the UK government, in fresh days that sentiment has changed with a necessity of various sports also in quest of determined immediate and long-duration of time financial support somewhat than a every four-year, six-week tour.
A tour of South Africa hasn’t been dominated out totally, but without a scamper in the park on crowd attendance and persevered bungles of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, plus the very proper risk of a third wave of the coronavirus, it would possibly perhaps perhaps be a shock if the tour changed into given the inexperienced mild to be held in South Africa.
The tour is due to kick off on July 3 which is precisely 17 weeks away.
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