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Lions to return to Jersey

06 August 2021

The British & Irish Lions will return to Jersey on Monday, 9 August, following tomorrow's final fixture against the Springboks in Cape Town.

The squad convened in Jersey in June for a ten-day training camp in preparation for their South African campaign.

The Deputy Chief Minister, Senator Lyndon Farnham, said: "It is fitting that the Lions started their campaign in Jersey and will draw it to a close here as well.

"The training camp was a period of intense preparation, when they had limited time to enjoy the Island; this time, coaches and players will reunite with their families and will be able to properly see what the Island has to offer.

"The squad will be welcomed as individual guests who are here to recuperate, with very limited work commitments. No formal community events will be arranged while they are here, and the cost of the visit is being met by the Lions.

The Lions have spent the tour in a protective 'bubble', with heightened Covid protocols, including regular PCR testing.

All players and coaches will be PCR tested every day for their first ten days in Jersey, will be required to isolate until they receive their negative arrivals test, and those who are not fully vaccinated will isolate for five days from arrival.

Senator Farnham said: "The Lions presence in Jersey will once again raise our international profile as a visitor destination and we look forward to welcoming them back, and wish them the very best in their final game tomorrow."

Ben Calveley, Managing Director for the British & Irish Lions, said: "We are very grateful to the Jersey Government for allowing us to return to the Island. We very much enjoyed the ten-day training camp in June and look forward to experiencing everything the Island has to offer now the Castle Lager Lions Series has concluded."

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