Rugby | Lions tour fixtures announced for 2021

The British and Irish Lions will play eight matches in South Africa in 2021.

90,000 fans are expected to be present when Warren Gatland’s team will play world champions South Africa in the first Test of the tour in Johannesburg on July 24th.

The Lions will travel to Cape Town to face the Springboks in the series’ second Test four days later, before the completion of the trilogy at Ellis Park on August 7th.

Gatland’s team will then take on DHL Stormers in their first match of the tour at Cape Town Staidum on the third of July, which is scheduled to be held just seven days after the 2021 Premiership final.

Four days later, they will clash with South Africa Invitational at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The Lions’ next three games will then see them face Cell C Sharks in Durban (July 10th), the South Africa ‘A’ team (July 14) and Vodacom Bulls (July 17) as they prepare to take on the Springboks in the opening Test.

“I am absolutely thrilled,” said Lions boss Gatland.

“Ensuring the team are absolutely primed for the Test matches is a critical element of any Lions Tour, and I am confident the quality of opposition we will face in the opening weeks will get us ready to take on the Springboks.”

The tour in South Africa will be Gatland’s third at the helm, with the former Wales manager having presided over a win in Australia (2013) and a draw in New Zealand (2017) in the Lions’ last two tours.