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Springboks start preparations for Lions series

South Africa start their preparations for the British & Irish Lions series with a number of camps over the next fortnight with the side having not played a match since they lifted the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.

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Fans poll: Jones to captain Lions, Farrell on bench

A Vodafone survey has shown that supporters would like to see Alun Wyn Jones captain the British and Irish Lions in this summer's tour of South Africa while Owen Farrell has been dropped to the bench.

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RA boss says Australia can host Boks-Lions series

Rugby Australia [RA] chairman Hamish McLennan continues to push the nation's credibility of staging events during the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting the British & Irish Lions' tour of South Africa could instead be contested Down Under.

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England's Billy Vunipola wants a Lions spot

England's Billy Vunipola hopes a strong showing in the Six Nations can help him cement a spot in Warren Gatland's British & Irish Lions squad for their tour of South Africa this year.

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Jones, home captains opposed to '22 Lions tour

England coach Eddie Jones and the captains of the four home unions have said they want the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa to go ahead this year rather than 2022.

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Erasmus: Boks open to holding Lions tour in UK

South Africa are open to "all options" to play the British & Irish Lions and are willing to travel to the United Kingdom to make sure the series goes ahead, director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said on Monday.

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COVID-19: Lions trip to South Africa in doubt

The British and Irish Lions will discuss this month whether to visit South Africa because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lions to face Japan in June ahead 2021 tour

The British and Irish Lions announced on Wednesday they will host Japan in Edinburgh next June ahead of their tour of South Africa.

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Robertson could join Gatland on Lions staff

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said he has asked about joining the coaching staff of fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland when he leads the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa next year.

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Lions tour may be postponed - SA Rugby

Fears remain that COVID-19 may yet play a role in restricting international travel to South Africa, and also domestic travel within the country, and SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux says that will in all likelihood see the Lions tour moved to 2022.

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0-8: Gatland's winless Aotearoa a worry for Lions?

Warren Gatland's first season in charge of the Chiefs ended far from the way he had planned, but he expects the team will be better for the experience next year under his temporary replacement, Clayton McMillan.

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Gatland hopes to stay at Chiefs if Lions tour cancelled

Warren Gatland says he would like to continue coaching at New Zealand's Chiefs next year if the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa is unable to go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kolbe prefers Lions SA tour over Olympics

Springbok Cheslin Kolbe has said he would rather play against the British & Irish Lions next year and forego the chance to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

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No apology: Lions howler still irks Steve Hansen

Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen remains upset about the decision that cost his side a potentially series-winning penalty against the British & Irish Lions in 2017.

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Lions' South Africa tour dates remain unchanged

The Olympics have been pushed back a year due to the global coronavirus pandemic, and will now start on July 23, 2021, the day before the first of three Tests on consecutive weekends between the Lions and the Springboks.

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Schmidt plays down 2021 Lions links

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said he is not available for the British & Irish Lions if offered the job tomorrow, but has left the door ajar for a role in the future.

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Excitement builds as Lions target history

Tom Hamilton sets the scene ahead of the British & Irish Lions' decisive third test against the All Blacks at Eden Park.

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Milestone man Kieran Read in 'pretty cool place'

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will join an exclusive club on Saturday night when he plays his 100th Test in the series decider with the British & Irish Lions.

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