Matches between the British and Irish Lions, a rugby team made up of the best players from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and South Africa, the current world champion, may be held this year in the UK and due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
This option is dealt with with the intention of saving some of the games that the British Lions team would have played in South Africa on a tour by the British every four years in Australia, New Zealand and the African nation.
BBC Sports said four matches would be suspended and the three matches played by the British Lions would be played against Spring Box in a fourth game in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and Dublin, for four consecutive weekends.
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has reaffirmed that without the team being escorted by English fans in South Africa, the tour would not be commercially viable, and with the coronavirus in the country, it seemed unlikely that the series would materialize.
The three matches that Springbooks-British Lions were to play in South Africa were scheduled to take place on 24 July in Johannesburg at FNB National Stadium; On the 31st at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town and on August 7 at Emirates Park Stadium in Johannesburg.
It was raised that the tour could be delayed until 2022, but the four countries in the UK have tests scheduled and cannot be canceled.
“We will meet throughout this month and in February, if needed, to review all relevant information and data. After consulting with SARU, we will update the results of these meetings and see how this whole issue has been resolved,” said British Director General Ben Calfley.
The matches to be canceled from the Lions’ British tour will be: on July 3 against Stormers in Cape Town, on July 7 in Port Elizabeth against South Africa by joint invitation, on July 10 against the Sharks in Durban, on July 14 against South Africa a in Nelspruit and on the 17th Against the Bulls in Pretoria. (Telam)