Rassie Erasmus, General Director of the Springboks, said “they will do anything” to face the British & Irish Lions amid the uncertainty surrounding the tour of the international combined product of the global pandemic. The Lions’ schedule calls for a tour of South Africa in July and August, but it seems increasingly unlikely it can continue as planned originally due to the current situation in the country, which has been greatly affected by the problems related to Covid-19.
A number of contingency plans have been put forward, including the prospects of delaying the tour by a year or holding the matches over the summer in the UK and Ireland, where the vaccination process is at a more advanced stage. On the subject, Erasmus maintains that they are open to anything when it comes to making the tour a reality, adding that the decision to withdraw from the 2020 rugby Championship was made with an eye on the visit of the Lions.
“We desperately want to play the Lions, and we will do anything to face them,” confessed the World Champion Coach at RWC 2019, adding: “This series only appears every 12 years. I have heard the different calls and opinions on the tour, and although we did not play in the Rugby Championship for the sake of the players, it was also because we knew we had this great series in 2021. If option one of playing in South Africa does not work, we will go. to option Z to make it happen. We don’t want to lose the Lions series, we think we deserve to play against them. I want, Jacques [Nienaber] he wants, the players want, so on our side we will do anything. “
Regarding the Springboks not playing any tests since they won the World Cup in Japan in 2019, Erasmus said: “The frustration is incredible, but we know we cannot compare that to how devastating the impact of this pandemic has been and how people have suffered. “