Lions will play Barbarians in Hong Kong in 2013

The British and Irish Lions will play in Hong Kong for the first time in 2013 a return to the stop off’s that have been made in the past, although this time it will not be a local team they play but the Barbarians. The Lions will stop off in Asia on their way to the three-Test tour of Australia.

Lions chief executive John Feehan said (quote) the fixture will ensure the tour to Australia is even more special. (end quote)

Ex-Scotland and Lions star Andy Irvine will be tour manager, succeeding Gerald Davies, who becomes Lions chairman.

Andy Irvine
Andy Irvine

The British and Irish Lions made up of players from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, tour every four years and lost the series 2-1 to South Africa in 2009. In 2013 they will head to Australia for the first time since 2001, when they also lost 2-1.

John Spencer, chairman of the Barbarians said: (quote) To bring two such sides together and be able to create history in Hong Kong is very special indeed, and it will be an incredible occasion and the perfect way to kick off the 2013 Lions Tour. We are proud and delighted to be part of such an innovative chapter in the history of the Lions and are already looking forward to the match. (end quote)