Jacques van der Westhuyzen
Head of Sport
2 minute read
22 Jan 2021
6:30 am

OPINION: There should be only one option – the Lions must tour South Africa

Jacques van der Westhuyzen

It's ludicrous to suggest the world champions should climb on a plane and head to Europe for the three Tests.

The Springboks are still hoping to host the British and Irish Lions later this year, but they could well end up facing the Lions in the UK, or in Australia. Picture: Getty Images

I can’t imagine the three Tests between the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions taking place in Europe. It is an idea that should be scrapped immediately. The Lions are a team that tour, full stop. If the best combined team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales can’t tour South Africa later this year, or next year, then that should be that. But for it to take place in the northern hemisphere - Option Z, as SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus might have referred to it - is not an option. Even former Lions captain, the legendary...