No plans to change British & Irish Lions tour dates: SA Rugby

Ruben Hill
May 6, 2020

'While we continue to look forward to an incredible Series/Tour against the world champions and the British & Irish Lions in the summer of 2021, and there are no planned changes, it would be remiss of us not to explore various scenarios for a possible date change caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, ' said a Lions/SA Rugby spokesperson.

Like many other events, next summer's Lions tour of South Africa is in jeopardy of not going ahead as it has been speculated that the July month could be needed in order to facilitate global matches.

World Rugby want this summer's tours to be rescheduled to October, followed by the November Tests with the club season running from December until July in what could act as the template for 2021 and future years.

As things stand, South African Rugby has no intention of changing tour dates, however, potential plans are being explored in case of scenario changes.

World Rugby is expected to next week confirm an amended worldwide schedule, which is likely to see the 2020 July southern hemisphere internationals shifted to October, with the November northern hemisphere internationals to follow.

The 2021 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa is in danger of being cancelled next year in a big to help save the struggling home unions who have been hit hard financially as a result of the pandemic.

The Irish government have stated that Rugby can not take place on this island until after August 10, while the possibility of teams from outside of Ireland coming in to play games would be an issue due to quarantine issues and the length of time it would take to test players and managements ahead of such trips.

Former Wales coach Warren Gatland is due to take a year out from his job with Super Rugby side the Chiefs, to run a Lions tour for the third time.

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