SA Rugby Lions Tour 2021

When does the Lions tour start? Dates of 2021 Rugby British Irish Lions series schedule, fixtures, squad – and how to watch on TV

The British and Irish Lions will play eight matches in their tour of South Africa, culminating in three Tests against the world champions . The countdown to the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa has begun following the announcement of the 2021 squad.

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Fixtures against Super Rugby sides DHL Stormers, Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls will provide the tourists with the chance to get acclimatized before the three Tests.

Here’s the full list of fixtures for the 2021 Lions tour of South Africa – and how to watch on TV – Instant Access Live stream.

2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa
Date 3 July – 7 August
Coach(es) Warren Gatland
Tour captain(s)  Alun Wyn Jones

Lions head coach Warren Gatland has named an expanded 37-man squad for the eight-match tour of South Africa – culminating in three Tests against the world champions.

The squad will have a pre-tour fixture with Japan at Murrayfield before the tour, which was uncertain to go ahead amid the Covid pandemic, starts in July against Super Rugby opposition.

When does the South Africa v Lions tour start?

The Lions will begin their summer fixtures on familiar ground when Japan visit Murrayfield on Saturday 26 June 2021 before the South Africa tour begins the following week.

Fixtures against Super Rugby sides DHL Stormers, Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls will provide the tourists with the chance to get acclimatized before the three Tests.

There will also be fixtures against a South Africa Invitational and a South Africa A to fulfil for Gatland’s team, who will be led on the field by Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones.

What is the full schedule of SA Rugby Lions tour fixtures?

MATCH DATE MATCH LOCATION STADIUM
Saturday 26th June Japan vs Lions Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium
Saturday 3rd July 2021 DHL Stormers vs Lions Cape Town Cape Town Stadium
Wednesday 7th July 2021 South Africa ‘Invitational’ vs Lions Port Elizabeth Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Saturday 10th July 2021 Cell C Sharks vs Lions Durban Jonsson Kings Park
Wednesday 14th July 2021 South Africa ‘A’ vs Lions Mbombela, formerly Nelspruit Mbombela Stadium
Saturday 17th July 2021 Vodacom Bulls vs Lions Pretoria Loftus Versfeld
Saturday 24th July 2021 South Africa vs Lions Johannesburg FNB Stadium
Saturday 31st July 2021 South Africa vs Lions Cape Town Cape Town Stadium
Saturday 7th August 2021 Springboks vs Lions tour Johannesburg Emirates Airline Park

How can I watch the Lions tour on TV?

All Lions tour matches will be shown live on TV.

Sky Sports won the television broadcast rights to the 2021 Lions tour of South Africa and will show all the action live through one or more of its dedicated channels.

Sky Sports packages cost upwards of £18 per month for individual channels for existing Sky customers, while the complete sports package costs £25 per month.

The matches can also be heard over the wireless through radio station TalkSport.

How to watch the British and Irish Lions Tour on TV and online

The British & Irish Lions are touring South Africa , and it’s the last Test against the mighty Springboks to decide the series. Here’s how to catch the match live in the UK on TV, mobile and online.

If you don’t have Sky Sports then you can sign up in a few different ways to catch the action.

You can join Sky Sports from £49.50 per month

Alternatively if you already have Sky you can add the Sports package for £18 extra for the first 3 months

Click here to see all the Sky Sports package options

The best way to see the Lions play the Springboks without subscribing to Sky is by getting a NOW TV pass. You can buy a day, week or month pass to Sky Sports to watch on your TV, phone and tablet.

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