British and Irish Lions open to schedule change for 2021 tour of South Africa

British and Irish Lions will face world champions South Africa next year
British and Irish Lions will face world champions South Africa next year

The British and Irish Lions stated that they are open-minded about any change in schedule to their tour of South Africa following the pandemic coronavirus.

The three-Test series will kick-start on 3rd July which will clash with the Tokyo Olympics that was postponed by a year while there are also talks that a postponement of the contest to later in the year will help the individual boards align with any proposed new international schedule.

Rugby Football Union Bill Sweeney expressed hope that World Rugby would consider a different structure to the international calendar to make amends for the financial damage caused by the coronavirus and now a Lions spokesperson revealed that the board is open to changes.

"While we continue to look forward to an incredible Tour against the world champions in the summer of next year, 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 spokesperson.

Earlier, South Africa Rugby revealed that they do not have any immediate plans to make changes to the Lions schedule despite the ongoing season hit by the pandemic caused by the outbreak of Covid-19.


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