The British & Irish Lions have revealed their plans to play a crucial fixture against Argentina in Dublin ahead of their much-anticipated 2025 tour to Australia. This historic match will mark the first time ever that the Lions will compete in Ireland and is scheduled to take place at the iconic Aviva Stadium on 20 June 2025.
Adding to the significance of the occasion, the two teams will battle it out for the prestigious Lions 1888 Cup. This coveted trophy symbolizes and celebrates the inaugural year when British teams embarked on tours to the southern hemisphere. The Lions’ CEO, Ben Calveley, could barely contain his excitement about this milestone event. He described playing in Dublin, in front of an expected crowd of over 50,000 passionate Lions supporters, as a “great occasion” and the “perfect send-off” for the team.
This pre-tour fixture can be seen as a progressive step towards evolving the traditional Lions tour format. It aims to further strengthen the bonds between the four nations and set the tone for a remarkable tour. The success of the Lions’ recent pre-tour fixture against Japan at Murrayfield in 2021 certainly played a role in the decision to pursue this innovative approach.
Beyond the match against Argentina, the Lions are gearing up for an extraordinary tour against Australia. The itinerary includes three highly-anticipated test matches against the Wallabies, encounters with five Super Rugby franchises, and a thrilling clash against an invitational team consisting of players from Australia and New Zealand. The Lions are undoubtedly leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to showcase their prowess and unity during what promises to be an unforgettable tour.
As excitement builds and anticipation mounts for the 2025 British & Irish Lions tour, rugby fans around the world eagerly await this clash between the Lions and Argentina in Dublin. It will undoubtedly serve as a momentous occasion for the Lions, firmly etching their name alongside the greats who have previously represented the team. The countdown has begun, and rugby enthusiasts are urged not to miss this historic clash. Stay tuned for further updates on this monumental event.