Australia’s offer to host this year’s British and Irish Lions series against South Africa has been rejected.
In a show of goodwill, Rugby Australia had extended an offer to host the Lions and Springboks teams in the likely scenario the famous series could not go ahead in South Africa due to COVID-19 reasons.
Given Australia’s ability to host sporting matches with crowds of 50 per cent or more, the Lions have been weighing up the proposal, as well as keeping the series in South Africa, in front of significantly reduced crowds, or playing games in the UK instead.
The Telegraph reported overnight the Lions board has requested more time and information to make a final decision but did confirm there was no appetite to move the series to the southern hemisphere.
“The only firm decision taken by the eight-man board, which is chaired by Jason Leonard, was to rule out the option of relocating the tour to Australia,” the report read.
While RA promised the Lions and South Africa all profits from the series, the Lions wanted a financial guarantee in case there were problems with playing the series due to COVID-19.
The Lions wanted guarantees of crowd figures too, which would affect profits, but in a COVID-19 world, RA was only able to give estimates.
RA sources confirmed on Saturday morning the series wouldn’t be coming to Australia.
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Publish date : 2021-03-06 01:46:53