Lions to tour down under

After a 2-day meeting between the Rugby Football International Federation, the 2019 British and Irish Lions tour will take place in the Southern Hemisphere.

The original proposal was thrown into doubt when the Australians counter-proposed that the Kangaroo’s should tour the UK in 2019. However, the RLIF have stated that an agreement has been made for the Lions to tour Australia in 2019 and 2024, while the Kangeroos will tour the UK in 2020 and similarly the Kiwi’s will tour in 2022.

The RLIF board says it has agreed to undertake consultation with stakeholders to finalise details for the next two four-year cycles to present to a planned World Rugby League Congress in the UK in November.

John Grant, RLIF Chairman, said; “There’s clearly still some detail to be finalised but this is a fantastic announcement that has been a long time coming

“It should give great heart and confidence to our international community.

“It reflects the broad diversity that exists across our RLIF member nations and we believe it can provide the certainty our fans, players and commercial stakeholders need to make long-term commitments to international rugby league.”

The Rugby Football League should be delighted with the agreement having previously stated that a high profile event was needed to promote the World Cup ahead of 2021.