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Lions Tour 2025

Dan54

John Eales (66)
Lions matches are Test matches. They count as Test caps.
Yep, I think it is because WR (World Rugby) recognise them as such, but they strange ones aren't they, as they don't count as ranking tests etc which I can understand. I think as far as test caps go, that can be decided by individual nations, and NZ never used to give caps for tests played against Japan, Fiji etc, what we loosely call 2nd tier, and only changed after WC started.
 

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Bob Davidson (42)
Just watched the Samu Kerevi rugbypass offload podcast & despite the fact it sounds like he wont be coming back to play in aus he did mention he wished the lions would play against a PI side in Suva as apart of the tour. They went to Hong Kong to play the barbarians on the way to aus on the way though & I know money wise it doesn't make as much sense as a stop in HK or Japan but does the game owe a Lions v Fiji test in 2025 & a Lions v Moana test in 2029?
 

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Michael Lynagh (62)
Just watched the Samu Kerevi rugbypass offload podcast & despite the fact it sounds like he wont be coming back to play in aus he did mention he wished the lions would play against a PI side in Suva as apart of the tour. They went to Hong Kong to play the barbarians on the way to aus on the way though & I know money wise it doesn't make as much sense as a stop in HK or Japan but does the game owe a Lions v Fiji test in 2025 & a Lions v Moana test in 2029?
Did he mention anything else interesting? How's his injury coming along?
 

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Bob Davidson (42)
Did he mention anything else interesting? How's his injury coming along?

Yeah it was really good talked about his journey to aus as a kid. Told his version of what happened last spring tour. Said that he doesn't think if he came back to the reds there would be a spot for him!

Its on youtube worth a watch
 

Wallaby Man

Alfred Walker (16)
I agree on the premise that the game doesn’t owe anyone anything, you start making sentimental decisions instead of sensible decisions and you start running into issues. However it would be a nice touch and exciting for those involved.
 

kiap

Andrew Slack (58)
Agreed, but could potentially see it happening. The "sports-wash" gambit basically just means throwing multi-millions until something sticks.

Previously the Lions have done an HSBC event in HK on the way in (Baabaas?) ... maybe the Qataris put that plan on steroids?

Invite France/Boks or some other cash-hungry team (ABs?) for a pre-series Lions test. Sure, it means crashing R.A.'s party but I'm not sure they'd care.

Hey, maybe drop the ockers to two tests. ;)
 

kiap

Andrew Slack (58)
And there’s the rub. When Qatari cash can interrupt well established rugby history, where does it end?
Indeed.

The thing for us is to keep the on-field team competitive. Lose that, or lose interest, and it ends. But, we're .. just about ... keeping it together so far.
 
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