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British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of South Africa set to go ahead as scheduled

Confirmation is expected this week that the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa will not be moved from its scheduled dates in July and August, with organizers unable to wait any longer for an end to negotiations over the long-term shape of the global calendar.

There had been a discussion of a potential change to September and October as a component of recommendations to revise the current global window with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics set to agree with the following summer’s visit dates. In any case, Lion’s authorities set a cutoff time of the finish of June to settle their agenda and are presently prepared to return to the first calendar.

British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of South Africa set to go ahead as scheduled
British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of South Africa set to go ahead as scheduled

Any further postponement would have caused intricacies with scenes and business bargains, just as bringing on additional disappointment for supporters wanting to book tickets and visit bundles. Up to 30,000 fans might travel to South Africa even though Covid-19 vulnerability stays a conspicuous concern.

It is a further indication of the proceeding with the failure of associations, clubs, and player agents to concur on a schedule that works for all. To suit the Lions visit, the following year’s Premiership season can’t currently be reached out past 26 June, which implies the new crusade should start in November to oblige all local and European club installations.

British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of South Africa set to go ahead as scheduled
British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of South Africa set to go ahead as scheduled

The clubs are because of offering their vision for another worldwide season this week, which will completely dismiss playing a strong square of Tests in October and November. They accept the associations’ arranged new-look universal arrangement should happen in the current July and November spaces.

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Men should talk about gender violence Springboks Willemse says

CAPE TOWN Springbok and Stormers, Damian Willemse, say rugby players should use their platform to ensure that gender-based violence in South Africa is addressed. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Willemse and his fellow Boks Siya Kolisi and Herschel Jantjies, as well as Blitzboks and Imbokodo captains Siviwe Soyizwapi and Zintle Mpupha, delivered food packages to a group of Peakview High School students in Athlone, Cape Town, yesterday as part of the #StrongerTogether for R32- 12 campaign.

Men should talk about gender violence Springboks Willemse says
Men should talk about gender violence Springboks Willemse says

“Gender violence is very common in South Africa, and it is our responsibility as men to talk about it, said Willemse. It is something that we really have to look at, it is our responsibility to make sure that our women are safe. We as rugby players have a platform to make a difference and we need to use it.”

Players urged schools to join the #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign, which helps alleviate hunger. Food Forward SA is another charity that benefits from the campaign, where raffle tickets are sold for R32.12, and players give away some of their prized possessions from last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. The school that sells the most tickets will be visited with the Webb Ellis Cup.

Siya Kolisi

The Bok Kolisi patron had some inspirational words for the students before the food packages were delivered to the 67 matrices.

“I am always excited to visit a school, even more during this difficult time,” said Kolisi, who is giving away a matching jersey he wore in one of the RWC group matches.

We know that their very important school year was severely disrupted by the corona virus and that their communities are suffering. However, it is important that you show determination to finish your academic year and I want to urge you to work much harder.

Men should talk about gender violence Springboks Willemse says
Men should talk about gender violence Springboks Willemse says

“Our World Cup victory last year was the result of a lot of hard work, so you should approach your studies and exams with the same determination. You are the leaders of tomorrow and, although it is difficult at this time, persevere and give your best.”

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British and Irish Lions tour 2021 dates for SA could depend on the global calendar

South African Rugby has confirmed there is a slight possibility the following summer’s British and Irish Lions visit could be moved to suit an expected updated worldwide schedule.

The Lions visit has an arranged July 3, 2021 beginning, with the three Tests on back to back ends of the week from July 24 onwards; however, a mooted change to the game’s worldwide schedule could see a switch.

British and Irish Lions tour 2021 dates for SA could depend on the global calendar
British and Irish Lions tour 2021 dates for SA could depend on the global calendar

“The visit is going on and the time is as yet fixed on where it is, however, there may be a date change,” South African Rugby CEO Juries Roux said in a press preparation on Monday.

“There is a slight possibility that to line up with another worldwide schedule, it may move to either a September/October or October/November window and that is simply because if that is the main obstacle of getting the worldwide schedule over the line, we would not have any desire to be the deterrent to that.”

Roux said a choice on the recommended worldwide schedule move, which would get rid of mid-year internationals, could come when July 1, which would give conviction on when the Lions visit, will occur.

“Second just to the World Cup, it is the greatest thing on the schedule,” Roux included.

“The business model we have set up as a joint endeavor among us and the Lions is in reality entirely ‘out there’.

British and Irish Lions tour 2021 dates for SA could depend on the global calendar
British and Irish Lions tour 2021 dates for SA could depend on the global calendar

“We have discarded the course book on it. It is an extraordinary model. It is a sharing of income, logos, and IP (licensed innovation) and business worth, and something that in a post-COVID world will enable us to work as a going concern.”

Exchanges to adjust the club and global schedule to ease apparatus blockage have been quickened by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the game.

Among the thoughts being talked about is a move of the Six Nations Championship, potentially to a month or two later than its flow February/March opening, and for Europe to embrace to a greater degree a midyear club rugby season.

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Lions will find Springboks in rude health thanks to Rassie

As we reflect on the Springbok triumph of 1995, it is a curious fact from the era of professional rugby that the travels of the British and Irish Lions to South Africa correlate with the Springboks as world champions, and it is also a fact that in every The Boks have a different coach than the one who won the World Cup two years earlier. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

In 1996, poor health saw Kitch Christie turn the reins over to Andre Markgraaff, who after being dishonored when a racist comment was released resigned and was succeeded by the inexperienced Carel du Plessis for the ’97 series against the Lions Carel should never have been named and the momentum generated by the 1995 World Cup victory was lost and the Boks lost a series to a fairly average Lions team.

Lions will find Springboks in rude health thanks to Rassie
Lions will find Springboks in rude health thanks to Rassie

It was a different story when the Lions returned in 2009. The team Jake White had built to win the 2007 World Cup was preserved by incoming coach Peter de Villiers, and while there was an indifferent success for the Boks in 2008, 2009 was one one of the best years in Bok history, with the Boks winning the Tri-Nations, including three consecutive wins over the All Blacks, and the series against a very strong Lions team.

Springboks

Next year, the Lions are slated to return once again and they will find Springbok rugby in rude health thanks to the legacy of Rassie Erasmus. He carefully rebuilt and transformed the Springboks after a few years of scarcity.

The structures this perfectionist has established should ensure that the Boks maintain the excellence they displayed in Japan, particularly with Erasmus ensuring continuity by naming his assistant last year, Jacques. Nienaber, as his successor. As head coach.

When White took over the Boks after the confusion of the 2003 World Cup, he made the outrageous promise to the players that they would win the World Cup four years later.

Lions will find Springboks in rude health thanks to Rassie
Lions will find Springboks in rude health thanks to Rassie

The fulfillment of that promise, frankly, was due to the relentless perseverance of the coach, some would say stubbornness of rank: Jake gathered a core of players for his first game in charge and stayed with them through thick and thin, and there was plenty of the latter. Nine of the players White chose for his first game in charge in 2004 started in the World Cup final in Paris.

Jake immediately won the Tri-Nations in 2004; 2005 was a mediocre year and then 2006 was a disaster. The Boks lost to France, Ireland, and England, twice against Australia including the 49-0 humiliation in Brisbane and twice against New Zealand. And twice the coach’s neck was on the line that year.

He was first saved when the Boks beat the All Blacks 21-20 in Rustenburg he would have been fired if they had lost and then later in the year after White had been called back to South Africa to argue with his employers. At Saru, when the Boks defeated England in their second test against them.

The same Bok lineup that had been so poor in 2006 flourished in France the following year, and Jake White last laughed. He had stuck to his weapons and finally reaped the most beautiful of dividends. And 12 members of the team that won the final against England in Paris started the second Test that secured the series against the Lions two years later at Loftus Versfeld.

Lions will find Springboks in rude health thanks to Rassie
Lions will find Springboks in rude health thanks to Rassie

Rassie Erasmus

In 1995, Rassie was a 22-year-old flanker playing for Free State, the team he would coach in 2005 for his first Currie Cup title since 1976. It was just his second year as a coach after retiring as a player in 2003 and his first crack in the Currie Cup. It was only a matter of time before he trained the Boks.

In addition to the legacy of a happy and successful team, Rassie’s commitment to transforming the Springbok side is highly recommended. In the Boks 2015 World Cup semi-final loss to the All Blacks, Heyneke Meyer started with three black players and had one among his substitutes. In last year’s final, Rassie doubled that number on both counts, including, of course, our first black captain.

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Gatland gives his take on speculated 2021 Lions tour delay

Warren Gatland has admitted the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa next year could be rescheduled and delayed until later in 2021 as the sport grapples to recover from the Covid-19 lockdown. 

The eight-match, three-Test tour to the home of the Springboks is currently scheduled to take place between July 3 and August 7 next year.  

Gatland gives his take on speculated 2021 Lions tour delay
Gatland gives his take on speculated 2021 Lions tour delay

However, with key meetings set to take place shortly to try and work out a global calendar that aligns the northern and southern hemisphere seasons, moving the Lions tour to October 2021 has become a real possibility despite the knock-on effects this would have for the tens of thousands of fans from the four home unions who have already been preparing for a July/August tour.

Jurie Roux, the SA Rugby CEO, confirmed last Monday that a move to host the tour later in the year was being considered. “The development of the pandemic and its varying impact around the world has made for a fluid situation and we have had to be responsive in our planning,” he explained.

“That means we have looked at several contingencies around scheduling. We have those scenarios in place, but the main question now is when it will be safe for international travel and mass gatherings. 

“It would be a disappointment if a Lions series had to be played behind closed doors, but that is not a scenario for which we are currently planning.”

Now Lions coach Gatland, whose current Chiefs team opens its Super Rugby Aotearoa schedule away to the Highlanders on Saturday, has admitted that flexibility will be required regarding the 2021 schedule. 

Speaking on BBC 5 Live Breakfast, Gatland said: “There is a Word Rugby meeting in a few days and what we are hearing is that there are four or five potential scenarios where it could be a shift for the Six Nations and a shift for the summer tours to October and into November as well and changing the start dates of the season. 

Gatland gives his take on speculated 2021 Lions tour delay
Gatland gives his take on speculated 2021 Lions tour delay

“With us with the Lions, it’s just about being a little bit flexible and if we have to go back a month or so, then we can cope with that if it’s the best decision for World Rugby in terms of a global season.

“We have to be cooperative and smart about that. A lot of this has been talked about for a long time and if we can’t have a consensus now when we have got a blank piece of paper to start from then there is never going to be agreement.

“The unfortunate thing is we have a serious global crisis and sometimes that allows us to put things right in certain areas where things can be better for the future. The possibility is the game can look at itself in terms of a global structure. If we don’t do it knows we are never going to do it?”

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June 25 – All Blacks beat British & Irish Lions in the series opener

Some stories of the past that led to sporting headlines around the world on June 25.

1983

India wins their first-ever Cricket World Cup, beating the West Indies by 43 runs in the final at Lord’s. 

Set 184 for victory, the West Indies were cruising at 50/1, but quickly found themselves at 76/6 and eventually out for 140. 

June 25 - All Blacks beat British & Irish Lions in the series opener
June 25 – All Blacks beat British & Irish Lions in the series opener

Back then, games were 60 overs, with Man of the Match awarded to Mohinder Amarnath for his 26 runs and 3/12. Kris Srikkanth led all scorers with 38.

2005

The All Blacks open their test series against the British & Irish Lions with a 21-3 win at Jade Stadium in Christchurch. 

The win was overshadowed by a dangerous tackle that saw Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll dislocate his shoulder in the opening minutes of the match. 

O’Driscoll was driven head-first into the ground by opposite number Tana Umaga and hooker Keven Mealamu. 

Dan Carter kicked three penalties and a conversion, with Ali Williams and Sitiveni Sivivatu scoring tries. Johnny Wilkinson kicked the only goal for the Lions. 

2009

French center Mathieu Bastareaud admits he lied about being attacked by up to five people outside the team hotel, after a 14–10 defeat to New Zealand in Wellington.

He later revealed that his injuries were caused by a drunken fall in his hotel room.

June 25 - All Blacks beat British & Irish Lions in the series opener
June 25 – All Blacks beat British & Irish Lions in the series opener

2017

American Jordan Spieth secures victory at the Travelers Championship, after holing out from the bunker.

Spieth, who finished -12, led wire-to-wire at TPC River Highlands and had to land a 60-foot shot from the bunker to win the tournament in a playoff against Daniel Berger.

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Video of Former British & Irish Lions arguing with Springbok fans is a reminder of how petty South Africans can be

A video showing former British & Lions coach Jim Telfer and Ian McGeechan arguing with Springbok fans are going viral again online after a fan shared it online.

The video is from the 3rd Test of the 1997 Lions Tour and it shows the Lions coaches getting into a heated argument with South African fans. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The video has gone viral again after a rugby fan under the name of Jared Wright reshared the video on social media. The video has accumulated 100,000 views in the last 12 hours.

Tensions have been rising surrounding the Lions Tour recently after Ellis Genge revealed that he had been racially abused in the 2018 Lions Tour of South Africa.

Video of Former British & Irish Lions arguing with Springbok fans is a reminder of how petty South Africans can be
Video of Former British & Irish Lions arguing with Springbok fans is a reminder of how petty South Africans can be

The Lions and South Africa have always suffered from tense relations.

In the 2009 Lions Tour, fights and skirmishes between both teams were commonplace in the 3 tests. South Africa would go on to win that Series 2-1.

In the 1997 Lions Tour, as we can see in this clip, the relationship was at an all-time low here as Telfer and McGeechan traded insults with South African fans.

Many will say that it was the coaches’ fault for arguing with the fans. However, we feel that that it was completely the fault of the Springbok fans, which are known to be saltier than a McDonald’s french fry.

We are sure that we will see more tomfoolery from South African fans in the 2021 Lions tour, with the men in green being particularly antagonizing with their gloating about their recent World Cup success.

Here is the clip, showing the coaches arguing with the Springbok fans. You can hear Scottish coach, Telfer at one point telling them to ‘Speak English’, in a frustrated outburst at the fans.

Who is to blame here?

The Lions will most likely take on South Africa in 2021 if the plans to keep the game at the same time remain in place. It all depends on whether the fixtures are rearranged with rona or not.

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Springboks coach Nienaber can’t wait to back on the park

CAPE TOWN – While Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber is expecting teething problems when South African teams get back onto the field, he reckons intensity won’t be a problem when that day comes. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Nienaber was speaking at the Food Forward South Africa warehouse in Cape Town yesterday, where he and Bok skipper Siya Kolisi, assistant coach Mzwandile Stick, Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Blitzboks and Imbokodo captains Siviwe Soyizwapi and Zintle Mpupha assisted in packing food parcels to aid hunger alleviation.

Springboks coach Nienaber can't wait to back on the park
Springboks coach Nienaber can’t wait to back on the park

On the initiative, he said: “In January and February, when we started talking about the year, everybody felt that they wanted to give back, and then came COVID and this initiative. When the idea came out in our Whatsapp group, within second the guys started responding saying ‘I will give this’, so the guys were in it, boots and all, right from the start.”

With South African rugby looking to return to play in August, the Bok coach said that they need to build on what they achieved in Japan, regardless of whether any Tests will be played this year.

“I don’t think any of us can wait to get back, and we want to build continuity with what we did in Japan. We finished our alignment camps at the start of the lockdown and we created profiles on all the players. At this stage the unions are in charge of their players, so they take charge of their conditioning and rehabilitation, but we communicate with the unions weekly.”

Jacques Nienaber

Nienaber explained how he and the director of rugby Rassie Erasmus are going about things during the pandemic.

Springboks coach Nienaber can't wait to back on the park
Springboks coach Nienaber can’t wait to back on the park

“Rassie and I talk every day. He’s more off-the-field at this stage, so I’ll talk to the coaches about the coaching plan and how we plan to take it forward. We’ve created profiles on every one of our players based on the few Super Rugby games played.”

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British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of SA looks set to be moved

British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of SA looks set to be moved

South Africa Rugby has confirmed they are considering moving the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour from the summer to the autumn as World Rugby continues discussions over a global rugby calendar. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of SA looks set to be moved
British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of SA looks set to be moved

A major overhaul of rugby’s calendar has long been in the works with the Six Nations and SANZAAR recently releasing a joint statement revealing that discussions have begun in recent weeks amid the current global crisis.

The goal is to ensure genuine alignment of the seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres with Test rugby set to take place in March and April and again in October and November. As part of this, the Lions tour could be moved from July and August to October and November.

Jurie Roux

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux confirmed they have looked at a number of contingency plans and said it would be a shame if the tour had to be played behind closed doors.

“The development of the pandemic and its varying impact around the world has made for a fluid situation and we have had to be responsive in our planning,” Roux said.


British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of SA looks set to be moved
British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of SA looks set to be moved

“That means we have looked at a number of contingencies around scheduling. We have those scenarios in place, but the main question now is when it will be safe for international travel and for mass gatherings. It would be a disappointment if a Lions series had to be played behind closed doors, but that is not a scenario for which we are currently planning.”

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Lions left in limbo by the split over global fixture list as club versus country row hampers plans for tour of South Africa next year

Lions left in limbo by the split over global fixture list as club versus country row hampers plans for tour of South Africa next year

Lions bosses are increasingly frustrated by club-country disputes as they run out of time to organize their South African tour until the fall. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The Warren Gatland side is open to changing the trip to September of next year, rather than July and August, to accommodate a new global structure. But sources have indicated that the Lions are still unclear on whether they will have to reschedule it.

Lions left in limbo by the split over global fixture list as club versus country row hampers plans for tour of South Africa next year
Lions left in limbo by the split over global fixture list as club versus country row hampers plans for tour of South Africa next year

A group of six Nations executive directors, SANZAAR, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, and RF Sweeney Bill Sweeney were tasked with creating a new global season structure and will meet with club representatives and president EPCR executive of the European Cup, Vincent Gaillard. Monday.

EPCR will not move from its proposed dates for the conclusion of this year’s tournament in September and October nor for the plan for next season, a unique 24-team tournament played over eight weekends from December 11 to May 22.

So, with the EPCR, the English Premier League, and the top 14 French owners refusing to move, you’re putting great pressure on the negotiations that leave the Lions in limbo. With 15,000 fans already registered to travel from home countries, Lions require a final call by the end of the month.

“Now is the time to change, said a well-placed source. The problem is that World Rugby does not want to face the clubs because they are worried if it is a deadlock, the clubs will refuse to release the players for the Tests. The club game is running the international game and it is the international game that generates all the money and attracts sponsors.”

Lions left in limbo by the split over global fixture list as club versus country row hampers plans for tour of South Africa next year
Lions left in limbo by the split over global fixture list as club versus country row hampers plans for tour of South Africa next year

International game bosses want to rule out summer tours and create a big test window in the fall, which would mean club competitions taking place in the summer.

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