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Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

11.43 19 May 2021


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16,500 supporters will be allowed into Murrayfield for the British and Irish Lions' warm-up match with Japan on June 26th.

It'll probably be the only game of the series which will be played in front of fans as South African officials are currently planning for the other eight matches to be at empty stadiums.

Social distancing rules will be in place for the game at the Edinburgh venue for what will be the first rugby match at Murrayfield with fans since March of last year.

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“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to confirm today’s news,” said Lions managing director Ben Calveley.

“It will be brilliant to see a passionate crowd back at Murrayfield for what promises to be a superb game of rugby before we embark on the Tour to South Africa.

“I am sure it will give the entire touring party an enormous boost to play this fixture in front of Lions fans.

“We are very grateful to the Scottish Government for its commitment and support to ensure this fixture would be seen by a live audience.”

“This is an important first step to bring fans back to BT Murrayfield Stadium and a return to normality,” Scottish Rugby chief executive, Mark Dodson, added.

“Through the positive working relationship, we have developed with both Scottish Government and key local partners we are confident we will offer a safe environment for every supporter and look forward to playing our part in hosting this unique sporting occasion and welcoming rugby fans back to Edinburgh.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Scottish Rugby who has contributed to enabling a live crowd to enjoy this match at BT Murrayfield and have no doubt it will be a special day for all involved.”

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