The Manic Street Preachers plan gigs around the rugby

The Manic Street Preachers have scheduled a series of gigs around the rugby, to allow them to watch the British & Irish Lions matches.

The Welsh band will head to Australia in late June to play shows in Melbourne and Sydney, coinciding with matches against the Wallabies and will head to Auckland during a break between games.

The Manic Street Preachers: "massive rugby fans" Credit: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

The trio have not visited Australia since 2010, and the visit to New Zealand will be their first.

The group said: "As massive rugby fans the chance to visit one of our favourite countries - play some gigs and watch the British and Irish Lions play Australia is an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity.

"We can't wait to play a selection of our greatest hits to our Australian fans and the thousands of Lions fans travelling Down Under."