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British & Irish Lions tour a massive boost for SA economy

Cape Town - South African Rugby Union President Mark Alexander insists the legacy of the British & Irish Lions in South Africa will be in job creation as much as the series result.

'We know what the Lions in South Africa brings to our country, in tourism, in job creation and in money,' says Alexander.

'The projections are that 13 300 temporary jobs will be created, with many evolving to sustainable and permanent jobs. We are expecting 37 000 tourists to support the Lions across South Africa. There will be a R450 million tax benefit to government and significant economic benefits."

South Africa's track record to host the biggest and grandest global sporting events is exemplary and Alexander believes the Lions in South Africa in 2021 will be ground-breaking and revolutionary to rugby on every level.

The British & Irish Lions chairman and former Lions prop Jason Leonard echoes a similar view.

"I am massively excited about the Lions South Africa 2021. It will be the biggest and the best."

Ian McGeechan, who played for and coached the Lions in South Africa, says to be in South Africa as part of the 'Sea of Red' is an experience never to be forgotten.

"South Africa has a special atmosphere to it that you simply can't find anywhere else," says McGeechan.

Another of the Lions legends, Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll says: "South Africa gets it (the Lions) the most and as a player you know it is going to be hard."

Former Lions players saturated social media platforms when the tour schedule was confirmed.

Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy tweeted:

And England's Lawrence Dallaglio added: