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British & Irish Lions 2025 Tour Dates Including Historic Match Against Australia-New Zealand Combine – Yahoo News UK


Finn Russell attacking for the British & Irish Lions during the third test match against South Africa at the Cape Town Stadium on August 7, 2021. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

As well as the highly anticipated three test series with the Wallabies, the itinerary includes a historic game against a combined Australia and New Zealand team at the Adelaide Oval. Record crowds are expected as the Lions seek their first series win since defeating Australia in 2013. Two years into the tour, the test matchups have been confirmed to take place on July 19, July 26. and on August 2 in Brisbane. Melbourne and Sydney, respectively.

The second test will take place at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity for 100,000 people. A sold-out crowd would be a record for a British and Irish Lions test, although it would fall short of a rugby union record. The match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield in 1975 drew a world record attendance of 104,000. It would not be broken until a Bledisloe Cup game between Australia and New Zealand drew 107,042 to Sydney’s Olympic Stadium in 1999. That was surpassed the following year when 109,874 watched New Zealand beat the Wallabies at Sydney’s Stadium Australia.

The Lions will kick off the 2025 tour in Perth against Western Force before taking on fellow Australian teams Super Rugby Pacific, Queensland Reds, NSW Waratahs and ACT Brumbies. The Lions will continue their preparation for the first test by taking on an invited team from Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide. Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will host the first test. Following this, a midweek warm-up match against the Melbourne Rebels will take place at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday 22 July.

The British & Irish Lions return to Australia, the site of their last Test series win in 2013. (Photo: William West/AFP via Getty Images)

The British & Irish Lions return to Australia, the site of their last Test series win in 2013. (Photo: William West/AFP via Getty Images)

The tourists will have two weeks to prepare for the tour, which the Lions attribute to “a strong partnership and common goal between the British & Irish Lions, Premiership Rugby and United Rugby Championship.” A pre-tour warm-up will also be announced. The Lions lost 2-1 to South Africa in the 2021 Test series and drew with New Zealand in 2017, one apiece after the final Test ended in a draw.

Ieuan Evans, Chairman of the British & Irish Lions, said: “The British & Irish Lions tours are unique in the world of sport, both in terms of the ultimate challenge they present and the cultural impact they have. Lions tours to Australia have always been memorable occasions and the 2025 tour promises to be no different. I know how special it is to put on that famous red jersey in Australia, having toured there during the 1989 tour. What I learned from those special games is how important the fans are in driving us to victory, so being able to announce the details of the ticket package is very exciting.”

Ben Calveley, Chief Executive of British & Irish Lions, added: “We are delighted to announce the tour schedule today as we look ahead to what will be one of the most anticipated series ever. I want to take the opportunity to thank Rugby Australia for the strong level of collaboration in planning this tour and we look forward to continuing to work with them over the next two years. I would also like to thank Premiership Rugby and the United Rugby Championship, whose cooperation has resulted in the longest lead-up period for a tour in recent history, giving us the best possible chance of a series win. We look forward to continuing to work with our hosts and our partners to create one of the greatest tours of all time.”

Phil Waugh, CEO of Rugby Australia, said: “The British & Irish Lions tour is one of the great sporting festivals, it is a real milestone in Australian and global sport. Rugby Australia looks forward to welcoming the Lions for the first time in 12 years, as well as the tens of thousands of Lions fans from the northern hemisphere. It’s an exciting gathering of matches across the country with the Lions taking on our Super Rugby franchises, three massive test matches and a marquee match in Adelaide with a combined Australian and New Zealand guest team.”

2025 Lions tour to Australia (start times to be confirmed)

June 28: Lions v Western Force, Perth (Optus Stadium)

July 2: Lions v Queensland Reds, Brisbane (Suncorp Stadium)

July 5: Lions v NSW Waratahs, Sydney (Allianz Stadium)

July 9: Lions v ACT Brumbies, Canberra (GIO Stadium)

July 12: Lions v Invitational AU & NZ, Adelaide (Adelaide Oval)

Jul 19 – Test 1, Lions v Wallabies, Brisbane (Suncorp Stadium)

July 22: Lions v Melbourne Rebels, Melbourne (Marvel Stadium)

July 26, Second Test: Lions v Wallabies, Melbourne (Melbourne Cricket Ground/MCG)

August 2, Test 3: Lions v Wallabies, Sydney (Accor Stadium)



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