Lions tour schedule revised due to COVID

The British and Irish Lions’ match schedule for their rugby tour of South Africa has been changed to mitigate the risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic, while there will almost certainly be no fans at any of the games. The announcement on Friday gave final confirmation that the tour will go ahead in July and […]

Lions tour schedule revised due to COVID

The British and Irish Lions’ match schedule for their rugby tour of South Africa has been changed to mitigate the risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic, while there will almost certainly be no fans at any of the games.

The announcement on Friday gave final confirmation that the tour will go ahead in July and August with the Lions playing eight games, including three Tests against the reigning world champion Springboks.

But seven of the eight games will now be in either Johannesburg or Cape Town, with the other in the capital, Pretoria. That means the Lions will not travel to Durban, Port Elizabeth or Nelspruit, as originally planned for the tour.

(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said they were hopeful that the South African government might relax some restrictions on fans being allowed back into sports stadiums by July “but, for the moment, we are planning for an event behind closed doors.”

The Lions regularly take tens of thousands of their supporters with them on their once-every-four-years tours to South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Their fans’ presence is a key part of the spirit of the tour, but the pandemic has likely meant that can’t happen this time.

“While things will undoubtedly look different to a typical Lions tour, together with SA Rugby we are determined to deliver an uninterrupted series for the players who will take the field, as well as the many millions of people watching at home,” British and Irish Lions managing director Ben Calveley said.

“We would like to thank all Lions supporters for their patience and understanding as we continue to navigate our way through the impact of the pandemic.”

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Hurricanes outgun Waratahs in shootout

It could be a long five weeks for Australia’s Super Rugby sides after the NSW Waratahs joined the Queensland Reds as first-round fodder for New Zealand opposition in the inaugural trans-Tasman tournament.

Winless in the recently-completed Super Rugby AU competition, the Waratahs endured a ninth straight defeat on Friday night, succumbing 64-48 to the Hurricanes in a Sydney try-fest.

The SCG shellacking came after the newly-crowned Australian champion Reds suffered a 40-19 drubbing at the hands of the Highlanders in Dunedin.

The pair of heavy defeats, coming against New Zealand’s bottom two finishers in Super Rugby Aotearoa, is an ominous sign for Australia’s five franchises – especially the Waratahs.

Once a Super Rugby powerhouse, the Tahs face the grim prospect of going through an entire season winless for the first time after failing to convert a first-half lead against the Hurricanes into a desperately-needed victory.

Wooden spooners in the Super Rugby Aotearoa, the Hurricanes piled on 52 points after trailing 17-12 midway through the first half.

Salesi Rayasi is tackled. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The last-versus-last encounter was hardly a spectacle for defence, with 90 points amassed in the first hour alone.

A Harry Johnson-Holmes second-half double – which made the 24-year-old the Waratahs’ most prolific try-scoring prop in history with nine five-pointers – at one point pulled the home side back to within nine points of the Highlanders.

But with Jordie Barrett, Dane Coles, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Brayden Iose, Pepesana Patafilo and Asafo Aumua all crossing the stripe to follow doubles for Billy Proctor and Julian Savea, the Hurricanes were always in control.

Jack Maddocks’ long-range effort for the Tahs after the fulltime siren was the 17th try of the match.

“Attacking wise, we’re starting to hit our straps,” said Waratahs captain Jake Gordon.

“We’re still leaking far too many points and giving away too many silly penalties.

“But we’ve got to take the positives.”

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