Lions want more games

British & Irish Lions CEO John Feehan wants the tourists to play 12 matches in Australia in 2013.

The Lions had 10 games in South Africa this year, including the three Tests, which meant coach Ian McGeechan had little time to find his best Test line-up.

‘I think we need more games, not less,’ said Feehan, who rejected former Lions hooker Keith Wood’s call for seven-match tours involving smaller Lions squads. ‘I don’t believe if there had been less games on this tour we would have performed nearly as well when it came to the Tests.

‘We had six games to prepare against an exceptionally good Springbok side and came within a hair’s breadth of doing it and I would argue that if there had been an extra two games, we possibly would have won the two Tests.

‘We currently have an agreement for 10 games [for the tour of Australia in 2013]. Ideally if we could get that up to 12 that would give us much more time to prepare. We will be talking to the bodies concerned to see if it can become a reality.’

According to the Daily Telegraph, preparations for the tour of Australia are already under way and Feehan hopes the schedule will come under discussion when the Lions committee meet in September or October following the completion of a detailed report into the tour of South Africa.