British & Irish Lions

Boks vs Lions in UK? Commerce had long trumped romance, anyway

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Steel yourselves, it increasingly seems, for the shattering blow we quietly feared for months was coming anyway: a novel reversal of the battlegrounds for the keynote series between the World Cup-holding Springboks and the British and Irish Lions.

Sacrilege? Well, absolutely, in terms of the spectacular bucking of historic trends around the hallowed venture.

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