British & Irish Lions 2021 Fixtures

The British & Irish Lions 2021 will play eight matches on their tour to South Africa as well as a pre-tour Test against Japan in Edinburgh.

The schedule has changed from that originally announced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All matches in South Africa will now take place in either the Gauteng province or Cape Town while the SA Invitational team has been replaced by the Johannesburg-based Lions franchise in the fixture list.

As well as the Lions, the British & Irish tourists will face the Stormers, Sharks and Bulls franchises and South Africa A in the warm-up fixtures.

The first Test will be played in Cape Town with the second and third in FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Lions 2021 Fixtures

Cape Town Stadium will host the first South Africa v Lions Test (AFP/Getty Images)

The 2021 tour will be the third time in the last four series that the Lions have faced the world champions. It is also the third straight tour to South Africa when the Springboks have been holders of the World Cup, following the trips in 1997 and 2009.

On their last tour in 2017, the Lions drew the series against New Zealand. In 2013, they beat Australia 2-1, 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.

British & Irish Lions 2021 Fixtures

Sat 26 June British & Irish Lions v Japan (3pm, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh) Live on Channel 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All kick-offs UK & Ireland time.

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