Lions cancel USA tour

    2013-04-05 12:04

    Cape Town - The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) management, following consultation with the senior coaches, have cancelled the Lions’ tour to the United States of America.

    According to the Lions website, the decision was taken as a result of uncertainty regarding the quality of the opposition, accommodation and travel limitations, as well as increased costs due to the weakening exchange rate.

    The Union worked with an outside tour organiser to co-ordinate the Rugby Showdown tournament, which was to encompass two matches to be played in California and Texas as well as a match against the Chicago Lions.

    Golden Lions Rugby Union CEO, Manie Booysen, expressed the Union’s sincerest apologies to supporters.

    “We would like to apologise to all supporters and the players, staff and management who have been affected by the forced late cancellation of the American tour,” said Booysen.

    “While we regret having to cancel the tour, we believe it is important to have the team’s travel and accommodation needs met.

    “We were also concerned the level of competition that the Lions would face abroad would not be of a strong enough standard.

    However, Booysen remained positive that new arrangements will be made for the team in the upcoming weeks.

    “The GLRU management and senior coaches will endeavour to make alternate arrangements for the Lions squad over the upcoming weeks,” he confirmed.

    Lions fixture list for 2013:

    January 19: Lions 51-13 Russia
    January 23: Lions 33-17 Cheetahs
    February 2: Lions 33-38 Bulls
    February 9: Lions 41-31 Kings
    February 23: Namibia v Lions - Cancelled
    March 16: Lions 56-24 Mont de Marsan
    April 13: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
    April 20: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
    April 27: Chicago Lions v Lions - Cancelled
    May 11: Lions v Agen - Ellis Park
    June 1: Lions v Samoa - Ellis Park
    June 8: Lions v French Barbarians - Ellis Park
    June 15: Lions v Stormers - Ellis Park
    June 21: Lions v Sharks - Ellis Park
    July 12: Lions v Montpellier - Ellis Park
    July 20: Lions v Grenoble - Ellis Park
    July 27: Super Rugby promotion/relegation -  TBA
    August 3: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - Ellis Park

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