Lions players desire series against Springboks to happen|Sport
Existing Covid-19 infection rates in South Africa and the UK indicates the trip stays in balance.
With the Lions’ tour of South Africa later on this year in the balance, reports out of England suggest that senior gamers are desperate for it to go on.
According the The Telegraph, Owen Farrell (England), Johnny Sexton (Ireland), Stuart Hogg (Scotland) and Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales) were included in a conference call with the Lions board and informed them that the tour should happen, even if no spectators are allowed in the stadiums due to Covid-19.
Whether that happens stays to be viewed as an outcome of increased Covid-19 infections in both the UK and South Africa.
The Telegraph reports that opportunities for the series occurring at the scheduled time in South Africa in front of packed stadiums are diminishing quickly.
Other contingency strategies are presently being took a look at, consisting of holding the trip in the UK but once again, that would require a significant decline in existing Covid-19 infections for fans to be permitted inside stadiums.
The possibility of holding the tour in the United Kingdom behind closed doors was expensive of a monetary risk, reports said.
Previously this week, Rugby South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus stated the Springboks are desperate to play the series.
” Any option we can get not to lose the Lions tour, we’ll take,” Erasmus told a media rundown.
” I’m talking from a coach’s or team management viewpoint. Undoubtedly there are commercial elements to take into account, which isn’t my department, but from a rugby point of view, I can tell you we want to do anything.”
Last week, famous Lions skipper, Willie John McBride who captained the famed side to success over the Springboks in 1974 stated the trip must be done right, or not at all.
” It would beat the entire values of the Lions if they play a couple of video games here in the house nations,” McBride informed The Telegraph.
” It would be a disgrace. It will beat whatever the Lions mean.”