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    British and Irish Lions to play nine games on 2025 Australian tour

    A combined Australia-New Zealand team will form an Anzac XV to play the British and Irish Lions in one of nine games on a monster tour in 2025 that will include three Tests against the Wallabies.

    All five Australian Super Rugby teams will also get a shot at the supercharged tourists who will combine the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

    The visit will be the first Lions tour of Australia since 2013, with Tests against the Wallabies to be played in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, with the MCG to host the Victorian clash.


    The Lions remain one of world rugby‘s greatest drawcards and the tour will start a monster few years for rugby in Australia preceding the men’s World Cup in 2027, the women’s World Cup in 2029 and the Brisbane Olympics in 2032.

    “The British and Irish Lions tour is one of the great sporting festivals – it is a real landmark of Australian and world sport,” Rugby Australia boss and former Wallaby Phil Waugh said.

    “Rugby Australia is looking forward to welcoming back the Lions for the first time in 12 years as well as the tens of thousands of Lions fans from the northern hemisphere.”

    Fixtures for the hotly anticipated visit were confirmed on Wednesday, with clashes against all five Australian Super Rugby clubs locked in for the first time since the Lions’ 1989 tour.

    It will also be the first time since that tour the Lions will play the Anzac invitational XV, with the clash set for Adelaide Oval.

    British and Irish Lions chief executive Ben Calveley said the series would be the “greatest Lions tour ever”.

    “As we begin the countdown to Australia in 2025, the British and Irish Lions brand and organisation has never been stronger with a global fan base of some 14 million people, a significant following and strong level of engagement through our various digital platforms and a wide range of commercial partners comprised of some of the biggest brands and organisations in the world,” Calveley said in a release.

    “Our ambition is to further build upon this position and make this upcoming tour the greatest Lions tour ever, positioning it as the major global sporting event of 2025.”


    BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS 2025 AUSTRALIAN FIXTURES

    • June 28 v Western Force, Optus Stadium

    • July 2 v Queensland Reds, Suncorp Stadium

    • July 5 v NSW Waratahs, Allianz Stadium

    • July 9 v ACT Brumbies, GIO Stadium

    • July 12 v Invitational Aus-NZ XV, Adelaide Oval

    • July 19 v Wallabies, Suncorp Stadium

    • July 22 v Melbourne Rebels, Marvel Stadium

    • July 26 v Wallabies, MCG

    • August 2 v Wallabies, Accor Stadium

    https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/br...our-c-11325156

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    At least one GOOD reason to go to Adelaide next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    At least one GOOD reason to go to Adelaide next year.
    2025 Bruh, not 2024.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    2025 Bruh, not 2024.
    Thanks Jargs, that would have a waste

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    Thanks Jargs, that would have a waste
    You're lucky mate, I saved you a trip to Adelaide.

    Wouldn't wish that on my worst enemies.

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    I have to admit, I would have liked to have seen that ANZAC game at Optus, though Adelaide will be awesome, they did a fantastic job for the Rugby World Cup in 2003. On a side note, might have been better to have an Oceania team, finally give a chance to the Fijians, Samoans, and Tongans to have a crack at the Lions for once in a blue moon, the Kiwis and Aussies get regular shots already. Hope the Lions visit there as part of a tour down under. A game in Suva would be a cracker

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    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

    Let's have one of these in WA! Click this link: Saitama Super Arena - New Perth Stadium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    You're lucky mate, I saved you a trip to Adelaide.

    Wouldn't wish that on my worst enemies.
    Even going to watch a rugby match is barely enough to motivate people.

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    C'mon the

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    I believe Lions pre sales are available now to members.

    Has anyone seen a password or similar to get access?

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    Haven't seen anything today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    You're lucky mate, I saved you a trip to Adelaide.

    Wouldn't wish that on my worst enemies.
    People who don't have Sister in Law in Adelaide don't know how lucky they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    People who don't have Sister in Law in Adelaide don't know how lucky they are.
    Interstate in laws? That sounds fantastic, unless you actually have to visit them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Interstate in laws? That sounds fantastic, unless you actually have to visit them.
    Managed to deflect all bar 2 in 43 yrs. One was saved by attending a Cricket Test. The next didn't go so well. Opted to escape for a day by taking the nephew to the zoo. Spent the whole trip telling me how great the AFL shop is. Finally relented and ended up with an empty wallet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    I believe Lions pre sales are available now to members.

    Has anyone seen a password or similar to get access?
    nothing, sent an IM to them but not heard back

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    I got the email at 5.11pm even though window was apparently open from 9am.

    Managed to get 7 seats together even though email suggested it was 2 tickets. Worked out about $40 per ticket but they are the cheap ones

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    A little reminder of the 'efficiencies' available to us all under centralisation...

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