How you can watch this year’s matches against Japan and on the tour to South Africa, including free-to-air coverage 

British & Irish Lions 2021 TV Coverage

The British & Irish Lions 2021 will play a pre-tour match against Japan in Edinburgh followed by eight matches in South Africa, including three Tests against the Springboks.

The Test against Japan, on Saturday 26 June at BT Murrayfield, will be broadcast live on Channel 4 – the first time there has been live coverage of a Lions match on terrestrial television since the 1993 tour to New Zealand.

All eight matches in South Africa will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, who have had the rights to show the last six tours. The three Tests take place on successive Saturdays on 24 July, 31 July and 7 August.

Channel 4 will also show highlights of the Lions’ three Tests against the world champions while highlights of the other tour matches will be shown on All4.

Lions managing director Ben Calveley said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 are our broadcast partners for our first match on home soil since 2005.

“I am looking forward to the excellent coverage and analysis that Channel 4 will no doubt provide and going on the recent squad announcement I’m sure the interest and numbers tuning in will be considerable for this clash.”

Radio commentary of all nine Lions matches will also be broadcast live on talkSPORT, whose commentary team includes World Cup winners Bryan Habana (South Africa) and Ben Kay (England), former Ireland and Lions wing Tommy Bowe as well as legendary Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan.

British & Irish Lions 2021 TV Coverage

Sat 26 June British & Irish Lions v Japan (3pm, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh)

Live on Channel 4 & talkSPORT

Sat 3 July Lions v British & Irish Lions (5pm, Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Wed 7 July Sharks v British & Irish Lions (7pm, Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Sat 10 July Bulls v British & Irish Lions (5pm, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Wed 14 July South Africa A v British & Irish Lions (7pm, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Sat 17 July Stormers v British & Irish Lions (5pm, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4

Sat 24 July First Test – Springboks v British & Irish Lions (5pm, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on Channel 4

Sat 31 July Second Test – Springboks v British & Irish Lions (5pm, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on Channel 4

Sat 7 Aug Third Test – Springboks v British & Irish Lions (5pm, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)

Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on Channel 4

All kick-offs UK & Ireland time.

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