The President of the British & Irish Lions is in the running to take the team on a tour of South Africa. The Union of South Africa and the Lions pledged to push for the tour to be played at the home of the last world champion although there will be changes to the original itinerary.
It would start with a match against Stormers in Cape Town on July 3. It would then be scheduled to culminate in three games against the Springboks, but the number of cities visited would be significantly reduced.
Leonard refused to set a deadline for the Lions show. The reason is because of the pandemic facing the country, so safe bubbles should be proposed. On the other hand, to take into account the economic impact of having to play behind closed doors.
“It is a very fluid job at the moment. The truth can change in the blink of an eye ”, commented the President. “Progress is being made, which is in the best position that we can be now. A while ago, we were turntables than anything else. “
In addition, he added: “The itinerary may be modified if there is a collapse against Covid-19. We are hopeful that we can get it under control. It has to be as soon as possible, because we have our own announcements that we must present. We have faith that the South African Rugby Union can make this tour a reality. ”
Last week all contingency and postponement options in Britain were ruled out entirely. “It was always our position to want to do this tour. We are a touring team, it was always our opinion until someone told us otherwise. South Africa said they can host the tournament and us. The fans, the players and the people of the country have been waiting for this for 12 years, ”said Jason Leonard.