British & Irish Lions

PICTURE | Take a look at the trophy on offer for Springboks v British & Irish Lions

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Lions Series trophy.
Lions Series trophy.

The Springboks and British & Irish Lions will play for a trophy when they meet in a three-Test series later this year.

SA Rugby posted on its official website that it will be the "first perpetual trophy in the history of the British & Irish Lions".

The rugby governing body said it took more than 150 hours to make the trophy, which was hand-crafted by Thomas Lyte - the official silverware supplier to the British & Irish Lions - and stands 60cm tall and weighs 6.5kg. The main body of the trophy was handspun from a single sheet of sterling silver, while the base is handmade from sapele hardwood.

The trophy will be presented to the winner of the series and go into a trophy cabinet in either the northern or southern hemisphere, before reappearing in 2025 when the British & Irish Lions continue their storied history with a series in Australia.

The Lions squad will be named at 13:00 on Thursday, with the tour scheduled between 3 July and 7 August.

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