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Rugby union: Lions to combat heat in Hong Kong game


HONG KONG (AP) – The British and Irish Lions rugby union game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on Saturday will include two water breaks per half owing to the prevailing heat and humidity.

The opening encounter of the 2013 tour to Australia will be played in forecast temperatures of 33 deg C with humidity levels reaching 90 per cent despite starting at 7.30pm local time.

There will breaks at the 15- and 30-minute mark of both halves for rehydration and application of ice packs.

Soon after arriving in Hong Kong earlier in the week, attack coach Rob Howley had brushed aside calls for water breaks in each half, saying “we want to be put under stress and see how we cope with it”.



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