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“Paywall” – “Behind paywall” – Broadcaster confirmed for the 2025 British & Irish Lions tour

In a blockbuster announcement, The British & Irish Lions have clinched a broadcasting deal with Sky Sports for the highly anticipated 2025 Tour of Australia.

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The thrilling sporting spectacle is set to captivate audiences exclusively on Sky Sports and NOW in the UK and Ireland as the Lions embark on a formidable journey to take on the Wallabies.

Recalling their triumphant stint on Australian soil, the Lions emerged victorious with a gripping 2-1 Series win, leaving an indelible mark in the annals of sports history. This time around, following a challenging Covid-affected Tour of South Africa in 2021, the Lions are gearing up for redemption and eyeing a consecutive Series triumph in Australia.

The quest for glory commences with the first Test scheduled in Brisbane at the iconic Suncorp Stadium, fondly known as ‘The Cauldron’. Anticipation runs high as fans gear up to witness the Lions roar once again and vie for supremacy against their formidable Australian counterparts. Buckle up for a rollercoaster of sporting drama and intense competition as The British & Irish Lions set the stage for another unforgettable Tour Down Under.

Ben Calveley, CEO of The British & Irish Lions, said “We are delighted to be partnering once again with Sky Sports as our UK & Ireland live broadcast partner for the 2025 Tour.

“Sky Sports have been an outstanding broadcast partner to The British & Irish Lions for many years. The quality of production, presenters, expert panellists, and overall analysis they deliver really enriches the Series and makes for a compelling offering for fans watching at home.

Preparations are really starting to ramp up for 2025 and we are hugely excited for the Tour. Sky Sports will play a key role in helping to further build levels of excitement and anticipation

In 2021, Will Greenwood predicted the Lions team for 2025 – it looks interesting now

Greenwood proposed Gregor Townsend as head coach, supported by Ronan O’Gara and Steve Borthwick. Despite offensive struggles against the Springboks, Greenwood trusts in Townsend’s ability to ignite the team’s attacking prowess.

Greenwood shared his thoughts, saying, “The 2021 tour was captivating, but now it’s time to focus on 2025 and the young talents who could shine in Australia.”

Below we revisit the team he picked following the 2021 tour.

Hugo Keenan (Ireland) Greenwood praises Keenan’s potential, foreseeing growth in wisdom and composure over the next four years, establishing him as a premier European full-back. “I love Keenan,” Greenwood remarks. “After another four years of Irish rugby, he will be wiser and more composed; the leading European full-back.”

Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales) Despite limited opportunities in South Africa, Greenwood sees Rees-Zammit’s electric pace as a game-changing asset, honed through standout performances for Gloucester and Wales. “In the short periods he did feature, you could tell there was a star in the making,” Greenwood notes.

Louis Rees-Zammit of Gloucester Rugby during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins at Kingsholm on 17 February. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Garry Ringrose (Ireland) Highlighted for his innate class and defensive prowess, Ringrose aims to seize his last chance at Lions selection in 2025 after enduring injuries and fluctuating form. “He is an inherent class act who defends astutely and runs devilish angles,” Greenwood observes.

Cameron Redpath (Scotland) Expected to return to top form post-injury, Redpath’s standout performances for Scotland mark him as a potential key figure in the midfield. “I expect him to return to that sort of form when he returns to full fitness,” Greenwood predicts.