"Paywall" - Broadcaster confirmed for the 2025 British & Irish Lions tour - Ruck

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

Sky Sports’ enduring partnership with the British & Irish Lions continues as they have secured the broadcasting rights for the 2025 tour of Australia.

This marks the eighth consecutive time that Sky Sports will be covering the Lions Tour, with their association commencing in 1997 during the triumphant series in South Africa.

Since their last tour of Australia in 2013, led by Warren Gatland to a Test series victory, the Lions have navigated through subsequent tours in New Zealand in 2017 and South Africa in 2021. However, for the 2025 tour, Gatland has ruled himself out of contention for the coaching role and endorsed Andy Farrell as his successor.

A highlight of the forthcoming nine-match tour in 2025 will be a historic encounter against a combined XV from New Zealand and Australia, set to take place in Adelaide. This unique clash will serve as a prelude to the Test matches against the Wallabies, which are scheduled to be held in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

The potential of filling the Melbourne Cricket Ground to its 100,000-seat capacity could set new attendance records for a Lions Test match, promising a sold-out spectacle. The series will culminate with over 80,000 enthusiastic fans converging at Sydney’s Olympic Park for the final showdown.

“We are delighted to announce the tour schedule as we look ahead to what is to be one of the most eagerly anticipated series in history,” said Lions chief executive Ben Calveley. 


The 2025 Lions tour fixtures in full

  • Saturday 28 June: v Western Force, Optus Stadium, Perth
  • Wednesday 2 July: v Queensland Reds, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Saturday 5 July: v New South Wales Waratahs, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
  • Wednesday 9 July: v ACT Brumbies, GIO Stadium, Canberra
  • Saturday 12 July: v Invitational Australia & NZ XV, Adelaide Oval
  • Saturday 19 July: First Test, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Tuesday 22 July: v Melbourne Rebels, Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
  • Saturday 26 July: Second Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Saturday 2 August: Third Test, Accor Stadium, Sydney




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