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Lions to return for Jersey holiday

Lions to return for Jersey holiday

Friday 06 August 2021

Lions to return for Jersey holiday

The British and Irish Lions apparently thought Jersey was so roar-some when they visited for their training camp that they’ve decided to return to the island for a holiday.

After tomorrow’s final fixture against the Springboks in Cape Town, members of the rugby team will be landing in Jersey on Monday for some rest and relaxation.

In June, the squad convened in Jersey in June for a 10-day training camp at Strive in preparation for their South African tour, and also took part in numerous community activities.

A grant of £175,000 - £100,000 of which came from Visit Jersey’s budget and £75,000 from the Government – covered their on-island expenses.  That included £5,764 given to Strive to cover the cost of nitrogen needed for the cryotherapy chamber used by the Lions.

This time round, however, the Lions will be here simply for a holiday, which will be funded by the team.


Pictured: The cryotherapy chamber that nearly didn't make it to Jersey as a result of the dispute over fishing with France. (Ouest-France/Marie Carof-Gadel)

“It is fitting that the Lions started their campaign in Jersey and will draw it to a close here as well,” Economic Development Minister Senator Lyndon Farnham said.

“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’, including regular PCR testing.

All players and coaches will be PCR tested every day for their first 10 days in Jersey, and those who are not fully vaccinated will isolate for five days from arrival.

The Lions’ Managing Director Ben Calveley commented: “We are very grateful to the Jersey Government for allowing us to return to the Island. We very much enjoyed the 10-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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Posted by Private Individual on
When most of the sports clubs are struggling to stay afloat in the midst of this pandemic, it is extremely unsavory and distasteful that taxpayers should fund one rugby team from outside the island to the tune of £175,000.

If any local clubs had applied for this money they would have been turned down flat. Sport does not just contain Rugby, it involves a lot of different pastimes that are supported by a huge army of volunteers who do not get paid for the thousands of hours they give away for free.

Let us hope that this waste of money does not happen again and genuine local clubs have a share of taxpayer's money for worthwhile causes that support local children and events.
Posted by Lesley Ricketts on
Posted by Lesley Ricketts on
The British and Irish Lions are returning to Jersey because the British Government have refused to allow them to forego isolation on their return from a Red Zone.
Posted by Lesley Ricketts on
The British and Irish Lions are returning to Jersey because the British Government have refused to allow them to forego isolation on their return from a Red Zone.
Posted by Private Individual on
Jersey's government is an absolute disgrace allowing this to happen. It was because of 500 people attending their last event that we have had over 3000 infections.

This is unacceptable when are having our civil liberties removed from our everyday lives.
Posted by Harry Helier on
Disgraceful use of taxpayers money.
Once again, this demonstrates the utter contempt the government shows those who fund it.
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