British and Irish Lions stall on decision over awarding caps for Japan clash

The British and Irish Lions have yet to decide whether to award caps for next month’s match against Japan.

The Brave Blossoms were World Cup quarter-finalists in 2019, beating both Ireland and Scotland with stunning performances.

A year before that even, England accorded them full-Test status when the nations met at Twickenham and Japan led at half-time.

Yet the Lions are delaying a decision on whether the June 26 clash at Murrayfield should get the full treatment.

It will be the first time the Lions have played a ‘home’ match since 2005 when they played Argentina in Cardiff ahead of their New Zealand tour.

As caps were awarded on that occasion the precedent has been set. So it will be extraordinary if the policy is reversed this time.

The clash for the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup serves as a warm-up for the eight-match tour to South Africa.

The revised itinerary, revealed by Mirror Sport last Saturday, will be confirmed today, complete with venues and kick-off times.

LIONS DATES: Japan (Murrayfield, 26 Jun), Lions (Johannesburg, 3 Jul), Sharks (JoBurg, 7 Jul), Bulls (Pretoria, 19 Jul), South Africa A (Cape Town, 14 Jul), Stormers (Cape Town, 17 Jul), South Africa (1st Test, Cape Town, 24 Jul), South Africa (2nd Test, JoBurg, 31 Jul), South Africa (JoBurg, 7 Aug).

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