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

CAPE TOWN: South African Rugby He has no immediate plans to change the dates for the British and Irish Lions tour in 2021, but says he is carrying out scenario planning around a possible change due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While we are still waiting for an incredible series of tests and a tour against the British and Irish Lions in 2021, and there are no planned changes, it would be negligent on our part not to explore various scenarios for a possible date change caused by the COVID -19 pandemic SA Rugby he said in a statement Monday.

A weekend report in The Mirror suggested the tour to meet the world champion Springboks It could be postponed or canceled to free up space on the international calendar so that England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales host the games next July and increase the income affected by the global pandemic.

It was reported that while each local union will receive £ 2 million ($ 2.48 million) in the region for the use of their players on the Lions tour, they can do at least twice as much by organizing a single test in a stadium local sold out.

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The Lions tour is slated to start on July 3, with all three tests on consecutive weekends beginning July 24.

The dates also clash with the revised schedule for the Tokyo Olympics, although both the Lions and SA Rugby have previously said they will not move the tour because of this.

World Rugby will reportedly review the use of the July international window for years to come and could move the Lions' tours, which occur every four years in New Zealand, Australia or South Africa, later in the season.

There are discussions surrounding a window from October to November that would see the sides of the northern hemisphere travel south for the first month and then organize parties in the second month as part of a move to standardize a global calendar.