British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland

British & Irish Lions plan UK venues to save the Bok tour

THE Lions are devising contingency plans for an alternative tour this summer at stadia in Newcastle, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Dublin and London. Non-rugby venues earmarked for what would be the first home Lions tour include the 52,305 all-seater St James’s Park on Tyneside, Villa Park (42,749) and Croke Park, the Gaelic Athletic Association’s steepling shrine with a capacity greater than Twickenham’s.
Amid increasing fears of their tour to South Africa being wiped out by the Covid pandemic, the Lions and Springboks hope to salvage the series by staging it in Britain and Ireland over t...

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