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Rugby Australia offers guarantees for Lions tour staging

Mako Vunipola of the Lions in action against New Zealand during the third Test match in 2017 (by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Rugby Australia has offered a minimum guarantee to cover the costs of the forthcoming British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, and return a profit, in what is said to be a potentially decisive move in efforts to provide a new home for the series.

Rugby Australia's offer of a minimum guarantee, which UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph reports has government backing, is said to provide for a profitable return for both the Lions and South African Rugby, even in the event of a match going behind closed doors due to a Covid-19 lockdown.

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