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Ministers square off before The Ashes

UPDATED 08 May, 2013 3:51PM AEST |

British Minister for Sport The Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP today toured the world renowned Australian Institute of Sport, accompanied by Australian Minister for Sport Kate Lundy.

Minister Robertson, who is visiting Australia as part of the legacy of the London Olympics and Paralympics, toured the AIS Canberra campus and spoke with AIS staff on the legacy of the London Games. 

“It’s great to have Minister Robertson visiting Australia,” Minister Lundy said. 

“London did such a fantastic job of hosting the Games and it’s a testament that the Sydney Olympics are being used as an example by Minister Robertson as a successful long term legacy games. 

"Even though we are the fiercest of international competitors, we can still learn so much from each other, without giving away too many secrets.” 

While at the AIS, Minister Robertson and Minister Lundy met with Australian Rugby Union players Ben Alexander, Joe Tomane and Christian Lealiifano and Nathan Lyon and Matthew Wade from the Australian Cricket Team to talk about the upcoming British Lions Tour and the Ashes. 

“2013 is another year for sporting rivalries between our two great nations with the British Lions Tour and the Ashes,” Minister Lundy said. 

“As we did before the London Olympics and Paralympics, we’ve had a small fun wager for both the Lions Tour and the Ashes.” 

The Ministers swapped rugby jerseys, with the losing Minister promising to don the other country’s jersey and post a pic to social media at the end of the Lions tour. For the Ashes, the Minister of the defeated country will have to hang a photograph of the winning team in their office for a fortnight after the final game.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 08 May, 2013 11:30AM AEST

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