2011 01/12
Lions outline 2013 tour of Asia

The British and Irish Lions have announced the fixtures for their 2013 tour of Asia, reports.

Taking to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in their designer menswear for the announcement, the Lions outlined a run of 10 matches for the summer of 2013, including a game in Hong Kong against the invite-only Barbarians.

Elsewhere, the Lions announced games in Perth, Queensland and Sydney, playing a number of regional squads, as well as the obligatory 3-leg tests against the Australian national squad.

Lions tours are arguably some of the biggest events in national rugby, with some of the greatest Northern Hemisphere teams pitting themselves against their southern counterparts, with the result easily going either way. The last time the Lions toured Australia was in 2001 where they won the tests 2-1. Later, however, they were comprehensively beaten by the All Blacks 3-0 before regaining their respect with a 3-0 win over South Africa in 2009.

Speaking to BBC Sport of the slightly different plans, Lions tour manager and ex-Scotland full-back Andy Irvine explained: "The Lions receive numerous requests to play matches around the world outside of the traditional tour destinations of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

"For 2013 we had the perfect opportunity to play a match in the developing rugby region of Asia, while at the same time break the long journey from Europe to Australia. As has become customary we also wanted 10 matches to maximise the essential pre-Test series build up."


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