The British & Irish Lions are still keen to add a ninth match to their tour to South Africa in 2021 a lucrative ‘home’ fixture – but Premiership Rugby continue to block the idea. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
The Lions will announce their fixture list on Wednesday morning, and as Sportsmail has reported previously the trip will consist of eight games in five weeks; down from 10 on previous tours.
It is believed they still hold out hope of adding one extra game on home shores – possibly to be played at Twickenham – for Saturday, June 26, 2021. That is the date of the Premiership final, so they would need the English league to move their showpiece a week back like the Pro14 have done.
At present, though, Premiership Rugby will not budge to allow the Lions an extra week’s preparation and the chance to make around £10m from the home game – which could be fed back to the clubs and unions. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Lions coach Warren Gatland exclusively told Sportsmail last month: ‘I think we’re missing a trick. I cannot understand why PRL would not want to be more positive about doing more to help the Lions and embrace it.’
Meanwhile Northampton boss Chris Boyd has said he would not release his attack coach Sam Vesty if England ever came calling. Eddie Jones lost Australian guru Scott Wisemantel after the World Cup. Vesty went on the Argentina tour of 2017 with England, and runs the attack for the Saints who are top of the league.
But Boyd said: ‘I wouldn’t be releasing him that’s for sure. Everybody’s got their price, but Sam’s a bit more about job than money I think.’
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