It is inevitable that the return to action is going to bring a real challenge in terms of scheduling but the first major clash is a full-on one between the Olympic Games and the British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa next Summer.
The Lions have said that they will not be shifting dates despite the fact that all three Test matches will fall within the period of the Games running from July 23rd to August 8th.
The Test matches will take place on July 24th, July 31st and August 7th.
There is comfort in the timing of the games which will kick off at 6 PM South African and 5 PM Irish Time which will be one o’clock in the morning in Tokyo.
Ticket sales and the release of supporter travel packages have been pushed back, however, as trying to sell overseas travel of any sort at this point in time would be tough.
“As I am sure our supporters will understand, both unions didn’t think it appropriate to make tickets and our 2021 Tour packages available for purchase at these times,” said Ben Calveley, Managing Director for the British & Irish Lions.
“We hope to be able to announce new sales dates in the near future, but until then we would like to wish everyone the best of health in these unprecedented times.”
“The British & Irish Lions Tour is a significant event for us in South Africa but we are aware everyone’s priorities are in doing everything they can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic – and we are no exception. We ask our passionate rugby supporters to please bear with us during this difficult time,” added Jurie Roux, South African Rugby CEO.