Combined Australian-NZ team returns as British and Irish Lions announce fixtures for 2025 Australian tour

Wed, Jul 19, 2023, 4:37 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wind back the clock to the 2001 Lions decider from Sydney.

The British and Irish Lions have confirmed their fixtures ahead of their 2025 tour of Australia.

They will play the Wallabies in a three-Test series as part of nine tour matches in total, featuring every Super Rugby franchise as well as an invitational Australia-New Zealand team, to be played in Adelaide.

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The first test will be played on July 19 at Suncorp Stadium, exactly two years from the launch, followed by matches at the MCG (July 26) and Accor Stadium, Sydney (August 2)

The tour will be the first time since 1989 that a trans-Tasman team will play, which the Lions took out 19-15 against an 'ANZAC XV' captained by Wallabies legend Nick Farr-Jones.

This will be played on July 12 at the Adelaide Oval, seven days before the opener in Brisbane.

The tour will start in Perth as they take on the Force on July 2 before taking on the Queensland Reds (July 2) and NSW Waratahs (July 5).

They will then head south to play the Brumbies (July 9), with the Melbourne Rebels set to play the Lions (July 22) between the first and second Tests.

“The British & Irish Lions Tour is one of the great sporting festivals – it is a real landmark of Australian and world sport," RA CEO Phil Waugh said in a statement.

"Rugby Australia is looking forward to welcoming back the Lions for the first time in 12 years – as well as the tens of thousands of Lions fans from the northern hemisphere.

"It is an exciting fixture of matches all around the country with the Lions taking on our Super Rugby franchises, three massive Test matches, and a marquee match in Adelaide featuring a combined invitational Australia-New Zealand side.”

"We are delighted to announce the Tour schedule today as we look ahead to what is to be one of the most eagerly anticipated Series in history," Lions CEO Ben Calveley added.

"I want to take the opportunity to thank Rugby Australia for the strong level of collaboration in planning for this tour and we look forward to continuing to work with them over the next two years.

“As we begin the countdown to Australia in 2025, The British & Irish Lions brand and organisation has never been stronger with a global fan base of some 14 million people, a significant following and strong level of engagement through our various digital platforms, and a wide range of commercial partners comprised of some of the biggest brands and organisations in the world.

"Our ambition is to further build upon this position and make this upcoming tour the greatest Lions tour ever positioning it as the major global sporting event of 2025.”

Rugby Australia has launched a new range of Wallabies First membership products, including a membership guaranteeing access to purchase Tour games, as well as advanced opportunities to purchase Lions Test tickets.

Travel packages for The British & Irish Lions Tour in Australia in 2025 are now on-sale with Wallabies Travel.

2025 British and Irish Lions Tour Fixtures

Saturday 28 June: Lions vs Western Force, Optus Stadium, Perth

Wednesday 2 July: Lions vs Queensland Reds, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Saturday 5 July: Lions vs New South Wales Waratahs, Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Wednesday 9 July: Lions vs ACT Brumbies, GIO Stadium, Canberra

Saturday 12 July: Lions vs Invitational AU & NZ XV, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Saturday 19 July: Lions v Wallabies (First Test), Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Tuesday 22 July: Lions v Melbourne Rebels, Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Saturday 26 July: Lions v Wallabies (Second Test), Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Saturday 2 August: Lions v Wallabies (Third Test), Accor Stadium, Sydney  

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