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Rugby Union - NZ to keep lion's share of bumper tour profits

AFP logoAFP 10/07/2017
A British and Irish Lions fan at the third Test in Auckland on Saturday © Provided by AFP A British and Irish Lions fan at the third Test in Auckland on Saturday

New Zealand Rugby revealed Monday that the British and Irish Lions series is set to deliver a bumper profit, but ruled out sharing more of it with the four nations whose players made up the touring team.

NZR chief Steve Tew said the 10-match tour was virtually a sellout, with 342,000 tickets sold as tens of thousands of Lions fans poured into New Zealand for an event that only happens once every 12 years.

"It's a bit early in terms of wrapping up costs and income, but we were very close to selling out every game which was our budgeted expectation, so we should be on track.

There were no red flags, that's for sure," he told Fairfax New Zealand.

"It will be a big income spike this year, but it needs to be spread out over a number of years."

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