Lions should broaden their hori­zons

Rugby World - - The Fans’ View - Steve Bold, Bris­tol

One year away from a hugely an­tic­i­pated Lions tour to New Zealand, I think it’s time the Lions con­sid­ered mov­ing away from just tour­ing the orig­i­nal SANZAR na­tions. With the strength of Ar­gen­tinian rugby grow­ing ev­ery year, how about end­ing a tour of the Amer­i­cas with three Tests in South Amer­ica? They could first play the USA and Canada, and per­haps give a boost to the new pro league in North Amer­ica.

And what about a tour of France? Imag­ine mid­week games against Cler­mont, Toulon and Toulouse. Packed sta­di­ums for those games would cre­ate an amaz­ing at­mos­phere. A France v Lions Test in Mar­seille would be a huge spec­ta­cle.

The Lions is a spe­cial and unique con­cept in any sport across the world. Just think what open­ing it up to more places could achieve and it would also al­low the amaz­ing Lions sup­port­ers to grace other parts of the globe.

The main is­sue here is whether other na­tions can pro­vide strong enough pro­vin­cial fix­tures. France could but it would be a lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare be­cause of the length of their do­mes­tic sea­son. What do other read­ers think?

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