The British & Irish Lions could possibly face the Springboks on home soil in a desperate attempt to save the under threat 2021 tour.
It’s due to take place in July and August but reports suggest it could be cancelled or delayed until 2022.
It comes amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in South Africa and the UK.
However, the Mail on Sunday understands that the home unions are open to the ‘lucrative’ option of playing the Tests in the UK and sharing the revenue with South Africa.
However, such a move depends on full crowds being allowed to return to the likes of Twickenham, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin by the summer.
“The Lions Board has had repeated meetings to discuss all scenarios available and is in constant dialogue,” said Lions managing director Ben Calveley.
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“It will meet throughout January and into February, if required, to review all relevant information and data. After further consultation with SA Rugby
Calveley added: “As you would expect, we are progressing with our plans based on the latest information available to us.
“However, given the uncertainty that continues to be caused by the coronavirus pandemic both in South Africa, as well as the UK and Ireland, we are very aware of the need to make a timely decision on the best way forward; not least so that we can provide clarity to supporters booked to travel to South Africa next summer, or those thinking of making the trip.”
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