Rugby Matters: Lions must be touring underdogs to survive

THE fate of the 2021 Lions has caused much heated debate this week with the options seemingly ranging from cancel for a year, cancel until 2025 or stage a unique home series in Britain and Ireland of three Test matches and perhaps the already scheduled warm-up game against Japan.
The suits – some of them no particular friends of the Lions who they find as irritating and draining as we find them wonderful and inspiring – will have to make a decision soon but one thing is certain. You tamper with the Lions magic at your peril. In fact you could easily kill them off in one fell swoop.
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