Planet Rugby

The British & Irish Lions


Dates and venues for 2013 Lions

28th November 2011 05:32


Brian O Driscoll as a 2001 British and Irish Lion

Painful 2-1 loss: 2001 Lions

The British and Irish Lions will play Test matches in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney when they tour Australia.

The Lions, featuring the best players from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, will take on Australia in Brisbane on June 22, Melbourne on June 29 and Sydney on July 6.

The Lions visit Australia once every 12 years with the Wallabies winning the last series Down Under in 2001 by two Tests to one.

On the 2013 Tour, the Lions will play in six Australian cities, kicking off against Super Rugby franchise Western Force in Perth on June 5.

The Lions will also take on Australia's other four Super 15 teams - the Reds in Brisbane on June 8, the the Waratahs in Sydney on June 15, the Brumbies in Canberra on June 18 and the Melbourne Rebels in Melbourne on June 25.

There will also be a match against a combined NSW-Queensland Country line-up in Newcastle on June 12.

"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."

Before arriving in Australia, the Lions will play a match in Hong Kong against the Barbarians on June 1.