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South Africa open to holding Lions tour in United Kingdom

2021-01-18 20:10:03

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South Africa are open to “all choices” to play the British & Irish Lions and are prepared to journey to the UK to ensure the sequence goes forward, director of rugby Rassie Erasmus mentioned on Monday.

The Lions are scheduled to tour South Africa for eight matches between July 3 and Aug. 7 this yr, together with three assessments in opposition to the world champion Springboks.

However with all nations concerned within the grip of the COVID-19 crises, the sequence stays in critical doubt in its type.

A choice is more likely to be made subsequent month, however Erasmus mentioned from a Springboks viewpoint they’re prepared to have a look at all eventualities to make sure the assessments go forward.

“We desperately wish to play and can do something it takes,” Erasmus advised reporters on Monday. “We do not wish to miss this chance.

“No matter now we have to do to play that [series]… we sacrificed the Rugby Championship final yr for participant welfare, but additionally as a result of we knew we had a giant sequence [against the Lions] the following yr.

“If on the finish of the day Choice A doesn’t work in South Africa, and there are Choices B and C… we are going to go to Choice Z.

“We are going to take any possibility to not lose it, if it means enjoying there or subsequent yr. No matter it takes.”

South African Rugby lower $78.39 million from its 2020 finances resulting from COVID-19, which incorporates some gamers and employees taking as much as 50% pay cuts, and the Lions tour is desperately wanted to refill the coffers.

However Erasmus mentioned there was a sporting context too with the Boks having not performed a take a look at since they lifted the Rugby World Cup in Japan in November 2019.

“Other than the industrial causes, we really feel we should play in opposition to them [the Lions]. I need the chance, [head coach] Jacques [Nienaber] desires the chance.

“Some gamers prolonged their profession to have this chance. Gamers stayed in South Africa to play this.

“So if the query is put to us: ‘Guys, would you do X, Y and Z?’ we do not care. We are going to do something to play that sequence.

“We are going to by no means, ever cease it [from our side] and that’s the reason I believe we are going to discover a resolution ultimately.”

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