Cape Town - The Lions' upcoming Super Rugby encounter against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland on March 14 has been moved to an earlier kick-off time to allow for two rescheduled Sunwolves matches.
This comes after governing body SANZAAR confirmed the kick-off times for the two relocated Sunwolves matches for Round 6 and 7, with the Blues v Lions match moved to an earlier kick-off to accommodate the change.
The Sunwolves' games were originally scheduled for Japan but were relocated due to the risks associated with the coronavirus.
The changes have effectively created 'double-headers' at Wollongong on March 6 and Brisbane on March 14.
The Round 6 Sunwolves v Brumbies match will be played on Friday, March 6 prior to the Waratahs v Chiefs match in Wollongong.
The Round 7 Sunwolves v Crusaders match will now be played on Saturday, March 14 prior to the Reds v Bulls match in Brisbane.
In order to accommodate the changes, the Lions' Round 7 duel with the Blues in Auckland (Saturday, March 14) will now kick off at 05:25 (SA time) as opposed to 08:05 (SA time).
The Lions tackle the Rebels in Melbourne this Saturday (March 7, 10:15 SA time) and their final match on tour is against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday, March 21 (05:45 SA time).