The British and Lions could be set to face Argentina in a Test match for the first time in almost a century.
In the post-World War 2 era, the Lions have usually only faced the southern hemisphere heavyweight trio of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand on a Test basis but, according to the Telegraph on Thursday, the 2025 tour could also incorporate a fourth Test against Argentina into the mix. Rather than travel to Argentina, however, the Lions would face the Pumas on Australian soil.
The Lions are set to sit down with the Sanzar collective of the three aforementioned countries to discuss a new twelve-year plan and while the South Africa tour in 2021 is pretty much locked in, concerns have apparently been raised about the standard of opposition that the Lions would face in the midweek games leading up to the test series against the Wallabies (especially if they are to cut one of their Super Rugby franchises).
The report has quoted a Lions source as saying:
“It would not be possible to stage a full tour of Argentina but we are keen to have them involved and they are keen to play us.
“A game against them in Australia could add an extra dimension to the tour.”
The Lions have faced Argentina in six Test matches spanning three tours of the country, the last of which took place in 1936. They faced off against each other in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium ahead of the New Zealand tour in 2005, though Argentina did not recognise this as a Test fixture.
On this week’s Oval Office, we hear from Steve Hansen and Jonathan Sexton and look forward to the third Lions test match with Nick Heath.
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