Saracens boss calls for Lions to face All Blacks in home series

The British & Irish Lions should consider playing a home series against the All Blacks according to Saracens owner Nigel Wray.

“The question I ask is why don’t the All Blacks play the Lions over here in major stadia like Wembley, Twickenham, Cardiff, Dublin and Murrayfield?” the Saracens chairman told Standard Sport.

“You could have warm-up games with the top teams from each of the home unions: Munster, Saracens, Ospreys and Glasgow.

“Let’s not pussyfoot around, we are talking about two big commercial organisations. When people say it is not about the money they actually mean it is about the money.


“Saracens provided seven players and we cannot be accused of not supporting the Lions. However, we can’t go on as we are and we need to sit down and organise a new deal.

“In any other industry if you are using someone else’s players then you do a deal because it is a fantastic brand.

“It needs to be well run and probably isn’t at the moment. We probably get £60,000 for each player who went with the Lions but the agents for those guys will be coming to me and pointing out their market value has gone up and will want better deals.”

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