The British & Irish Lions will undertake a nine-match tour of Australia in 2013.
Tests are scheduled for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, while there’ll be five mid-week matches against franchises and one against a combined NSW-Queensland Country.
‘The Lions tour here in 2001 was an extraordinary event and one which provided significant economic benefit to those cities which hosted major matches,’ ARU Managing Director John O’Neill said.
‘More than 8000 Lions supporters came to Australia from the UK and Ireland on official tour packages and many more thousands made their own way here.
‘Four years ago in South Africa there were said to be 40 000 Lions fans that made the trek there to support their team. A Lions Tour is a massive occasion. Behind the rugby World Cup it is the most engaging, high-profile and popular event our game can showcase.’
The British & Irish Lions 2013 Tour schedule of Australia
Wednesday, June 5 2013 – Lions v Western Force, Perth
Saturday, June 8 2013 – Lions v Queensland Reds, Brisbane
Wednesday, June 12 2013 – Lions v Combined NSW-Queensland Country, Newcastle
Saturday, June 15 2013 – Lions v NSW Waratahs, Sydney
Tuesday, June 18 2013 – Lions v ACT Brumbies, Canberra
Saturday, June 22 2013 – Lions v Wallabies, Brisbane
Tuesday, June 25 2013 – Lions v Melbourne Rebels, Melbourne
Saturday, June 29 2013 – Lions v Wallabies, Melbourne
Saturday, July 6 2013 – Lions v Wallabies, Sydney