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Tough Decisions to be made by Rugby.

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Lions tour on the brink

The British and Irish Lions' tour of South Africa this year is in growing danger of being postponed, according to reports.

MailOnline report the grim situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic looks increasingly likely to deny Warren Gatland the chance to pit his team against the world champions this year.
A decision on the tour was expected to be made in March, but the worsening situation, exacerbated by new mutant strains of the virus in the UK and South Africa, will see critical and decisive talks held this month. With little prospect of a full vaccination programme being rolled out in South Africa by summer, hopes for the tour appear to be fading and contingency plans are being drawn up.

AdThat could see the Lions head to South Africa in 2022 instead, with the general view the tour cannot take place without travelling supporters. This option could also potentially see the 2021 Six Nations move to the vacated summer slot, according to the Times - a switch that would increase the chances of fans being able to attend.A year delay presents huge logistical issues, though, not least for Gatland who is currently on a year-long sabbatical from the Chiefs in New Zealand and is expected to return for 2022. South Africa are also reportedly due to be playing a Test series against Wales in the summer of 2022, while moving the Lions a year closer to the 2023 World Cup is far from ideal in rugby's calendar.
The only other option would be to scrap the tour completely and lose one of the great sporting spectacles and the huge financial windfall it brings.

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