The British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa is under threat because of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading organisers to examine possible alternatives for the unique international rugby union series.
As things stand, the Lions squad – which is made up from English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh players – are due in South Africa in July and August. They are scheduled to play eight matches in total – five warm-up games and then three Tests against the Springboks.
However, with travel restricted and both the UK and South Africa struggling with outbreaks and new variants of the coronavirus, rugby chiefs will be considering Plan B, Plan C or even Plan D for the summer schedule.
There has been talk that games could be being played behind closed doors in South Africa or switched to the UK and Ireland, Sky Sports reports. Delaying until 2022 or hosting matches in Australia this year are also possibilities.