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Day: October 27, 2020

British Lions to kickstart Boks tour with a test against Japan on home soil

The British & Irish Lions will play a rugby event against Japan in Edinburgh next June before embarking on an eight-game tour of South Africa.

It will be just the third home test for the Lions and the first against Japan. Lions head coach Warren Gatland said the World Cup quarter-finals would offer a tough test before his team faces World Cup champion, South Africa, in a three-round series.

British Lions to kickstart Boks tour with a test against Japan on home soil
British Lions to kickstart Boks tour with a test against Japan on home soil

“We saw Japan play excellent rugby during the World Cup and they will come to Edinburgh fully motivated to win,” Gatland said. “They are a talented team playing high-paced rugby, so it will be a good challenge for us before the tour and an opportunity for the team of the day to raise their hands for the test selection.”

Japan’s head coach Jamie Joseph said the June 26 game would be an “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our players, and we can’t wait for it to come.”

British & Irish Lions

The British and Irish Lions played in Cardiff against a World XV in 1986 and Argentina in 2005. The Lions team made up of players selected from the so-called local nations of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, generally tour the southern hemisphere every four years. The first of the 13 tours to South Africa was in 1891.

The Lions will kick off their 2021 tour with a game against the Stormers in Cape Town on July 3. The series of three tests will begin in Johannesburg on July 24.

British Lions to kickstart Boks tour with a test against Japan on home soil
British Lions to kickstart Boks tour with a test against Japan on home soil

South Africa announced last week that it was withdrawing from the 2020 Rugby Championship that would begin in Australia due to concerns for the well-being of the players following the long break from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Springboks have not played an international game since defeating England in the final of the Rugby World Cup in Japan last November.

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British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield

The British and Irish Lions have opened the entryway for a future visit through Japan after reporting just the third home coordinate in their famous history against the Brave Blossoms the following summer.

Warren Gatland’s side will confront Japan at Murrayfield on 26 June the very day as the Premiership last and keeping in mind that they will do as such with no England players, the apparatus will fill in as a key aspect of the Lions’ arrangements before confronting the titleholders.

British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield
British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield

The outing to South Africa will be the first since the San Francisco understanding in 2017 when it was chosen by the game’s powerbrokers that visits would be sliced to eight matches. That gathering was disputable because the Lions were not appropriately spoken to and keeping in mind that the Murrayfield coordinate expands the number of installations to nine, the Premiership clubs’ refusal to make any of their player’s accessible shows further how the Lions are getting progressively minimized.

Their put on the worldwide timetable is, at any rate, ensured up to 2032, as indicated by the San Francisco arrangement; however, the worldwide schedule is easily proven wrong with various associations anxious to move the current summer window to October. Should that occur, a visit through Japan which solidified itself as rugby’s greatest new transmission market during a year ago’s World Cup could draw nearer to turning out to be a reality.

The Lions’ overseeing chief, Ben Calveley, stated: “We’re building up a relationship here with Japan; this is the first occasion when that the Lions has played against Japan and it will be a memorable Test. My view is that the Lions can offer a horrendous part to the development of the worldwide game and we ought to consider how best it can do that.

“I will keep on speaking to the Lions admirably well inside those worldwide arrangements when they occur, while the Lions might not have been straightforwardly spoken to in the room beforehand, we are presently legitimately spoken to and I make all the focuses that I require to make as many of those worldwide season exchanges happen.”

British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield

Calveley likewise uncovered that Gatland, who has spent the previous month going to a large group of club matches, will defer naming his associate mentors until the New Year yet affirmed conversations had opened with the home associations.

Four years prior, Gatland needed Gregor Townsend, who had quite recently been delegated Scotland’s lead trainer, to be important for his reserved alcove staff however he was unable to make sure about his delivery. Calveley, however, is hopeful no such issues will happen this time. The Ireland lead trainer, Andy Farrell, has been important for the instructing group for as far back as two visits, and keeping in mind that he as of late said he has not been drawn nearer by Gatland he didn’t preclude a third Lions trip.

Calveley likewise said club mentors will likewise be thought of, raising the possibility of the Crusaders’ Scott Robertson, who has communicated an intrigue, Stuart Lancaster from Leinster or Exeter’s Rob Baxter being included.

Calveley stated: “What Warren and I have been doing is getting round the lead trainers and the CEOs from every one of the four associations and I can affirm they’re all amazingly strong, as you would anticipate that they should be because they comprehend the estimation of the Lions.

British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield

“I don’t believe there’s any presumption the mentors need to originate from inside the association builds, they could emerge out of a club climate.

“We’re open we’re keen on designating mentors that can assist us with winning in South Africa and that are the principal measures. Anybody that can assist us with winning these Test matches would be intriguing to Warren and eventually, it’s his call.”

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LIONS WATCH: STANDER AND SEXTON SCORE FOR THE IRELAND WHILE JONES EQUALS WORLD CAPS RECORD

International rugby returned to the Northern Hemisphere this weekend and the stars of the British and Irish Lions were at the heart of the action. Rugby enthusiasts can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

The star attraction was the return of the Six Nations, as Round 4 concluded more than seven months after it began. However, Ireland wasted no time in shedding any signs of rust as they racked up 50 points in a complete win over Italy, leaving them a clear point at the top heading into Super Saturday next weekend.

Leinster winger Hugo Keenan took an international bow to remember, crossing two of Ireland’s seven attempts, while fellow rookie Will Connors also landed in a man of the match display. CJ Stander, who scored against the Blues on the 2017 Tour and participated in the third round, and two-time Lions tourist Johnny Sexton added their names to the roster while Sexton contributed 13 points off the tee.

LIONS WATCH: STANDER AND SEXTON SCORE FOR THE IRELAND WHILE JONES EQUALS WORLD CAPS RECORD
LIONS WATCH: STANDER AND SEXTON SCORE FOR THE IRELAND WHILE JONES EQUALS WORLD CAPS RECORD

The victory came at a cost for Ireland, who saw Garry Ringrose leave the field with a broken jaw that will likely keep him out for about six weeks. Ringrose was replaced on Saturday by 2017 tourist Robbie Henshaw, while fellow center Bundee Aki scored as he looks to pressure home with his own Lions credentials.

Of the other Lions on display in Dublin, Conor Murray had a steady play in the scrum-half after an early sin fall and Peter O’Mahony came off the bench to set up Aki’s score with a good volley.

Andy Farrell’s men now have their fate in their own hands heading into next weekend’s grand final and they know that an extra point’s victory against France will win them the Championship. If Ireland wins without a bonus point, their fate would depend on England’s result in Italy, although the men in green enter Round 5 with a point difference higher by a margin of 24.

AWJ equals McCaw

Wales kicked off Super Saturday next weekend and prepared for their clash against Scotland with a trip to Paris, where they found a French team in top form.

LIONS WATCH: STANDER AND SEXTON SCORE FOR THE IRELAND WHILE JONES EQUALS WORLD CAPS RECORD
LIONS WATCH: STANDER AND SEXTON SCORE FOR THE IRELAND WHILE JONES EQUALS WORLD CAPS RECORD

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones equaled Richie McCaw’s record of 148 test matches, nine of which have occurred throughout three Lions Tours, and his team got off to a dream start when tourist Leigh Halfpenny of 2017 crossed in the second minute.

Teammate Leon Dan Biggar converted before adding a penalty to put Wales 10-0 up, but an Antoine Dupont-inspired France responded in style. The scrum-half scored twice and helped prepare two more attempts for the hosts, who were left with 38-21 winners.

Jones made no excuses and urged his team to improve next weekend when the 35-year-old will become the most capped international player in rugby history. The Wales captain was one of eight Lions in the starting XV in Paris, where Jonathan Davies made his first international appearance since the 2019 World Cup bronze medal match.

Russell returns

Visitors to Wales next weekend, Scotland, were in action on Friday night and made eight attempts throughout a 48-7 win over Georgia at BT Murrayfield. Duhan van der Merwe scored on his debut for Gregor Townsend’s team and there were twos for acting Captain Fraser Brown and Darcy Graham.

LIONS WATCH: STANDER AND SEXTON SCORE FOR THE IRELAND WHILE JONES EQUALS WORLD CAPS RECORD
LIONS WATCH: STANDER AND SEXTON SCORE FOR THE IRELAND WHILE JONES EQUALS WORLD CAPS RECORD

The match was also notable for Finn Russell’s return to international rugby, with the talented fly-half coming off the bench to win his 50th call-up for Scotland without having played since last year’s World Cup. Russell was called up as a cover on the 2017 Tour, making a brief appearance off the bench against Hurricanes, and is looking forward to a chance to shine in South Africa next summer.

Another Lion on his way back is Liam Williams, who played for the second time this year when the Scarlets beat Benetton 10-3 in a cautious Guinness PRO14 affair on Friday night. The 29-year-old, who helped set up one of the best attempts in Lions history for Sean O’Brien in Test 1 in 2017, played the first 66 minutes at Treviso and hopes to play for Wales throughout busy autumn.

Chiefs at the double

Elsewhere on the home front, Exeter Chiefs added the Premiership title to the European Challenge Cup they won last weekend to complete a memorable double. The Chiefs beat the Wasps 19-13 in torrential rain at Twickenham, with England star Henry Slade scoring a good individual try in the first half.

Jacob Umaga responded with a score for the Wasps, but Joe Simmonds’ dependable boot took Exeter out after the break and the Chiefs became the fourth English club to score a national and European double.

LIONS WATCH: STANDER AND SEXTON SCORE FOR THE IRELAND WHILE JONES EQUALS WORLD CAPS RECORD
LIONS WATCH: STANDER AND SEXTON SCORE FOR THE IRELAND WHILE JONES EQUALS WORLD CAPS RECORD

Stuart Hogg, a member of the Lions’ touring group in 2013 and 2017, started as a winger for the new English champions, while Jack Nowell, who participated in two 2017 events, lined up on the wing and assisted in Slade’s attempt. Nowell will now undergo the upcoming Miss England Fall Internationals to undergo surgery on a toe injury, having played through the pain barrier to participate in the Exeter final.

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