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ARU want 2017 British and Irish Lions tour match

Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver is hoping to convince the British and Irish Lions to start the 2017 New Zealand tour in Australia.

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The Lions won their first Test series since beating South Africa in 1997 when they defeated Australia 2-1 last year.

That tour saw the Lions play their first warm-up match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

Dates and opponents have yet to be decided for the Lions' tour of New Zealand in three years' time and ARU chief executive Pulver is keen for a fixture to be played in Australia.

"If they want preliminary games outside New Zealand then we would be a wonderful location for them," Pulver said. "We would take it in a heartbeat.

"That's one of the conversations we've been having with them."

Pulver confirmed that a match with the Wallabies is unlikely, but other avenues are being explored.

The last time the Lions visited New Zealand in 2005 they were whitewashed 3-0 by the All Blacks.

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