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BJ Botha: The Springboks bring hope, even just for a day, and it’s great the opening Lions Test has come around

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Former Ulster star says tour had to go ahead. Credit: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty Images

Former Ulster star says tour had to go ahead. Credit: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty Images

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David Humphreys. Credit: INPHO/James Crombie

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Former Ulster star says tour had to go ahead. Credit: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty Images

The first Test between the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions - a day so many believed may never arrive.

At various points over these last 18 months it felt like this tour would be just one more casualty of the sporting calendar brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the apparent inflexibility that dictated it would take place this summer or not at all lengthening the odds with every spike in cases.


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