Lions execs consider Rugby Australia's offer to host South Africa series

Lions execs consider Rugby Australia's offer to host South Africa series

Lions execs consider Rugby Australia's offer to host South Africa series

It's unlikely the Wallabies would play a Test against either tourist, but McLennan said they were prepared to get creative in what would be a terrific opportunity to keep eyeballs on the sport and the nation as a safe haven for global sport during the pandemic.

Rugby Australia has officially offered to host this year's test series between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions.

The tour is now under threat due to the pandemic with several different options being explored including postponing it for a year or hosting it in Britain and Ireland rather than South Africa.

Rugby Australia would merely cowl its prices, with income break up between the three key events, whereas Australian Super Rugby groups might probably be concerned in warm-up matches.

The last time the Lions played in Australia was in 2013, when Warren Gatland's side scored an entertaining 2-1 series win.

"It's so important for the global rugby economy and the global rugby community that we have worldwide rugby played with as little disruption as possible".

Sky Sports, who have considerable heft as the main broadcaster, are also likely to oppose a move from the prime-time slots a tour in South Africa or the British Isles would afford versus the early morning starts in Australia.

There has been speculation matches could be played without crowds in South Africa, or played in Britain, but spiralling infection rates mean both options look remote.

"There are so many ex-pats living around Australia from South Africa and the United Kingdom and Ireland that we still feel we could fill the grounds", he said.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Hamish McLennan, Chairman of Rugby Australia, said: "We're happy to help".

The newspaper said under McLennan's plan South Africa and the Lions would share revenue from the three-test series and Australia would only take enough to cover costs.

Playing in Australia would protect the touring ethos of the Lions and would allow significant crowds to be present for the series with McLennan confident the large expat communities would flock to the games.

"We hosted the Rugby Championship, which became the Tri-Nations and ended up being a fantastic tournament so we've proved it's possible".

"No one else in the world have done it better than Australia", he said.

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