The possibility of a Lions Tour taking place in 2021 has been re-ignited amid reports that Rugby Australia have stepped in and offered to host the series. 

The 2021 tour was due to take place in July and August but the seriousness of the pandemic in South Africa has rendered a standard tour highly unlikely.

Alternatives mooted include a behind-closed-doors tour of South Africa or opting to stage the matches in the UK. 

However, tonight, the London Times revealed that Rugby Australia chief Hamish McLennan has contacted both World Rugby and the South African union with an offer to host the tests in Australia.

"We have already staged rugby here around Covid with the precautions we took to play the Rugby Championship," McLennan told The Times. "And this weekend, after the players have finished quarantine, the Australian Open tennis starts with 30,000 people allowed in.

"There are so many ex-pats living around Australia from South Africa and the UK and Ireland that we still feel we could fill the grounds," he said.

While the offer is deemed a plausible one, it remains to be seen whether it will come to fruition.

The plan would require approval from both the Lions and the Springboks and would need to win the endorsement of broadcasters.