British & Irish Lions 2021 Fixtures

Welcome to our fixtures page for the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, which will take place in July and August 2021.

In all the tourists will play eight games in South Africa, three of which will be Tests against the world champions, the Springboks. The warm-up fixtures will be against Super Rugby sides the Stormers, Sharks and Bulls, and there are also matches against a South Africa ‘Invitational’ team and South Africa ‘A’ team.

The 2021 tour will be the third time in the last four series that the Lions will face the world champions.

Last time out, in 2017, the Lions managed to seal a drawn series against New Zealand. Before that, they beat Australia 2-1 back in 2013, but on their last visit to South Africa in 2009 the series was lost 2-1.

Warren Gatland is head coach for the third straight tour, having first been involved with the Lions as an assistant coach in 2009.

Before heading to South Africa, the Lions will play a Test against Japan at BT Murrayfield.

British & Irish Lions 2021 Fixtures

Saturday 26 June: British & Irish Lions v Japan – BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh

Saturday 3 July: British & Irish Lions v DHL Stormers – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Wednesday 7 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘Invitational’ – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Saturday 10 July: British & Irish Lions v Cell C Sharks – Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

Wednesday 14 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘A’ Team – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Saturday 17 July: British & Irish Lions v Vodacom Bulls – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Saturday 24 July (first Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Saturday 31 July (second Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Saturday 7 August (third Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

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