The British and Irish Lions are lining up what would be a historic test match against the Brave Blossoms ahead of their tour to South Africa according to a report by Gavin Mairs at the Telegraph.
The lucrative first Test match against Japan ahead of their tour of South Africa next year could be the warm up game Warren Gatland has been searching for before departing to the Republic.
It is understood that the 2019 World Cup hosts, who shot to prominence after stunning victories over Ireland and Scotland to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament, are top of a shortlist of opponents for the fixture that also includes the Barbarians.
It is expected such a high-profile fixture against Jamie Joseph’s side would raise around £5 million, which would cover the majority of the costs of the Lions’ eight-game, six-week tour.
The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, which has a capacity of 74,500, is thought to be the most likely venue to host the game, although it is understood that Murrayfield in Edinburgh and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin are also in contention.