After three titanic struggles, the Lions and the All Blacks could not be separated. The teams had won one Test a piece and the final encounter ended in a draw, 15-15. The series was a stalemate. So, why not schedule a decider?
When asked about the possibility of the Lions reassembling in November to take on New Zealand in place of invitational side the Barbarians, who are scheduled to play Steve Hansen’s men in Twickenham on the 4th of the month, Lions head coach Warren Gatland sounded enthusiastic.
“That would be good wouldn’t it?” said Gatland. “You’ll have to ask PRL (Premiership Rugby Limited) if they’d release any of the players.”
Most were skeptical and many downright dismissive of the idea, for the very reason that Gatland mentioned. There seemed to be too many obstacles in place and the PRL appeared the most towering one of all.
However, today, Ben Coles of The Daily Telegraph revealed that there is a real possibility that the same side that played to a draw against the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday could take to the field against the mighty kiwi side on November 4th as well, only they will do so in the black and white jerseys of the ‘Baa-Baas’.
A Barbarians spokesperson has told the Telegraph that an agreement is in place with the PRL for players to be released in order to participate. The U.K media outlet also suggested that the RFU are open to the idea of the English Lions being involved once again. However, as of yet there has been no talks between the Barbarians and the governing bodies in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.