British & Irish Lions 2013

British & Irish Lions, Australia

British & Irish Lions 2013

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June

The British and Irish Lions rugby team will tour Australia in June and July 2013. The tour only happens in Australia every 12 years, so it is a not to be missed event for all rugby lovers. Selection in the British and Irish Lions is the ultimate accolade for players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

For southern hemisphere internationals it is also a great honour and an opportunity that usually comes only once in their career. Matches will be played in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Newcastle. It’s the greatest rugby event to hit Australia since the Rugby World Cup in 2003.

The British and Irish Lions rugby team will tour Australia in June and July 2013. The tour only happens in Australia every 12 years, so it is a not to be missed event for all rugby lovers.

For 125 years the British and Irish Lions rugby team has travelled the globe playing against the world’s elite rugby teams. During the 2013 tour, the Lions will play Australia’s best teams and battle the Qantas Wallabies for the Tom Richards Trophy.

Nine matches in six cities will be played during the six week tour, including three Test matches and games against all five Australian Super 15 Rugby teams. The three Test matches will take place in Brisbane on 22 June; Melbourne on 29 June; and the series final in Sydney on 6 July. Games will also be held in Perth, Canberra and Newcastle.

Selection in the British and Irish Lions is the ultimate accolade for players from the Four Home Unions: England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. For southern hemisphere internationals it is also a great honour and an opportunity that usually comes only once in their career. The Lions tour only every four years on a rotational basis, to Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, visiting Australia only once every 12 years.

The Tom Richards Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the 2013 series between the Qantas Wallabies and the Lions. The trophy has been competed for on just one previous occasion, commissioned for the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, with the Wallabies the inaugural winners.

The trophy was named after Tom Richards, the only player in history to have represented both the Wallabies and Lions. The last time the event was held in Australia in 2001, more than 25,000 Lions fans travelled to Australia to witness the spectacle firsthand.

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