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Lions Confirm Australian Tour Dates

Ten-match tour involves a stop in Hong Kong

Posted Dec 01, 2011 by Chris White

The Lions tours in recent years have been hugely competitive

The British and Irish Lions will start their 2013 tour with a game in Hong Kong, before moving on to Australia for nine more matches, including three Tests against the Wallabies.

The Lions will also play five Australian Super 15 teams, and a combined team made up of New South Wales and Queensland players, with the Australian part of the tour kicking of on 5th June with a match against Western Force in Perth.

In Hong Kong on 1st June, the Lions will take on the Barbarians, ahead of their first tour of Australia since 2001, which the home side won 2-1, coming from behind after a Brian O’Driscoll-inspired performance in the first Test in Brisbane.

Tour manager Andy Irvine, who used to represent Scotland and the Lions as a full back, said “The Lions receive numerous requests to play matches around the world, outside the traditional destinations. For 2013, we had the perfect opportunity to play a match in a developing region for rugby in Asia, which just so happens to break up the long journey to the southern hemisphere.”

The Lions were beaten 3-0 by New Zealand back in 2005, but bounced back to beat South Africa in 2009, coming from behind to win the series 2-1. In Australia, meanwhile, the Lions have won 15 of the 20 Tests dating back as far as 1904.

Full British and Irish Lions Tour Schedule:

Sat 1st June – vs Barbarians, Hong Kong

Wed 5th June – vs Western Force, Perth

Sat 8th June – vs Queensland Reds, Brisbane

Wed 12th June – vs Combined New South Wales-Queensland Country, Newcastle

Sat 15th June – vs New South Wales Waratahs, Sydney

Tues 18th June – vs ACT Brumbies, Canberra

Sat 22nd June – vs Australia, 1st Test, Brisbane

Tues 25th June – vs Melbourne Rebels, Melbourne

Sat 29th June – vs Australia, 2nd Test, Melbourne

Sat 6th July – vs Australia, 3rd Test, Sydney

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