The British and Irish Lions moved a step closer to a ‘home’ tour after Boris Johnson announced plans for sporting crowds to return by the summer.
Switching matches away from South Africa, where eight fixtures are scheduled for July and August, would be unprecedented in the history of rugby’s greatest touring team.
But it has emerged as the most attractive option following the unveiling of the Government’s “roadmap” for easing Covid restrictions in England.
The Prime Minister said crowds of 10,000 could be permitted in 40,000-plus capacity venues after May 17, with a view to all restrictions being lifted on June 21.
That would pave the way for normal service to resume at Wimbledon, The Open golf at Sandwich, the British Grand…