Sky Sports secure rights for 2025 British & Irish Lions tour

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Sky Sports has announced it will exclusively broadcast nine British and Irish Lions games for the Rugby Union team’s tour of Australia in 2025. 

The British sports broadcaster will showcase all three test matches and six warm-up games live on its channels, starting with the Lions’ opening match against Western Force on 28 June, 2025 in Perth. 

Further tour games include Queensland Reds in Brisbane on 2 July , the Waratahs in Sydney on 5 July, the Brumbies in Canberra on 9 July, an Invitational Australia & New Zealand side in Adelaide on 12 July and the Rebels in Melbourne on 22 July.

The agreement see’s Sky Sports broadcast its eighth consecutive Lions tour since 1997. 

Ben Calveley, CEO of The British & Irish Lions, said: “We are delighted to be partnering once again with Sky Sports as our UK & Ireland live broadcast partner for the 2025 Tour.

“Sky Sports have been an outstanding broadcast partner to the British & Irish Lions for many years. The quality of production, presenters, expert panellists, and overall analysis they deliver really enriches the series and makes for a compelling offering for fans watching at home.

“Preparations are really starting to ramp up for 2025 and we are hugely excited for the Tour. Sky Sports will play a key role in helping to further build levels of excitement and anticipation amongst fans and we look forward to working closely with them over the coming period.”

Phil Waugh, Rugby Australia CEO, added: “Rugby Australia is excited to be welcoming The British & Irish Lions back to Australia for the first time in 12 years. 

“This iconic tour and the chance to renew the rivalry between the Wallabies and the Lions promises to be a special occasion for everyone.

“We are confident that together, we will deliver a tour that captures the imagination of fans across Australia and Lions fans around the world.”

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