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Friday 24 February 2017

Lions set for Baa-Baas clash

The Lions will meet the Barbarians in a high-profile warm-up match in Hong Kong before their tour of Australia in 2013.

They will play the world's most famous invitational side on Saturday June 1 at the 40,000 capacity Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po. The ground has also been earmarked for matches in the Japanese-hosted 2019 Rugby World Cup and with a sell-out guaranteed, the gate receipts from the Lions match should help underpin the tour financially.

Once in Australia, the Lions schedule follows a well-worn path, although the emergence of the Melbourne Rebels and the Western Force means the tourists are able to dispense with midweek fixtures against Australia A or Australian Barbarians.

The need for a testing game in Hong Kong becomes evident with the Lions being pitched straight into full-on games against the Force in Perth and the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.

ACT Brumbies provide the midweek opposition in Canberra before the first Test in Brisbane, while the Rebels will do likewise before the second Test in Melbourne. The final week will be left clear ahead of the third Test in Sydney.

2013 TOUR OF AUSTRALIA SCHEDULE

June 1 v Barbarians, Hong Kong

June 5 v Western Force, Perth

June 8 v Queensland Reds, Brisbane

June 12 v NSW-Qld Country, Newcastle

June 15 v NSW Waratahs, Sydney

June 18 v Brumbies, Canberra

June 22 v Australia, Brisbane

June 25 v Melbourne Rebels, Melbourne

June 29 v Australia, Melbourne

July 6 v Australia, Sydney

Irish Independent

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