England hooker Jamie George ‘desperate’ for British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa to go ahead

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Source : Sky Sports

England hooker Jamie George is desperate for the British and Irish Lions to face South Africa this summer – whatever form the tour takes. The coronavirus pandemic has forced Lions chiefs to consider three contingency plans with the likelihood of facing the world champions in front of full crowds as scheduled appearing bleak.

“I’m just desperate for it to go ahead. I think it would be such a shame for it to be cancelled altogether,” George said. “I’m split on having it here – obviously the preference would be to go to South Africa.”

“To tour would be amazing, for the Lions to be able to do that in South Africa in particular.” he added. “It’s such a special rugby country and they would get behind it, but in the current climate I’m not sure that would ever be an option. If it did come over here to the UK I’m sure the UK public would make the most of it if Covid allowed.”

“It was probably one of the best experiences in my life, not just in rugby. The whole Lions experience is so, so special,” George continued. “The collections you make through being a Lion are like nothing else. It was one of the best moments of my life. Rugby-wise it allowed me to grow into the player that I wanted to be and gave me that opportunity and I’ll always be thankful for that. It is so, so special and that’s why I am so keen for it to happen in any capacity.”

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