The Australian Rugby Federation has offered to “help” South Africa by welcoming Springboks and British and Irish lions during their tour scheduled for July-August on South African soil, but is threatened by a coronovirus epidemic.
“It is particularly difficult right now in the UK and South Africa and I believe more international rugby is played here”, Australian Federation President Hamish McLennan told Sydney morning herald. ” We’re here to help “, He added.
The Lions tour is scheduled for a period of eight matches between July 3 and August 7. The formation, which brings together the best players from Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland, will face the three-time South African World Champion on 24 and 31 July and again on 7 August.
Held every four years, the Lions tour is a major media and commercial event in Anglo-Saxon rugby. The Lions indicated in early January whether they would decide in February to continue the tour. “If Plan A cannot be done in South Africa, nor is there a plan for B or C, then we will go to Plan Z.”, Explained Rope Erasmus, director of rugby in the South African Federation. If the Australian proposal was accepted, the profits from the tour would be split between the Lions and the Springboxes, McLennan said. Sydney morning herald. “We will recover our costs”, He assured.