British and Irish Lions 2021 tour fixtures, dates, TV channels with South Africa First Test up NEXT

THE British and Irish Lions are preparing for the first South Africa test with their final warm-up game against the DHL Stormers.

Alun Wyn Jones thought he was going to miss the entire tour but the Lions captain is now BACK following a miracle return from a semi-dislocated shoulder.


Reigning world champions South Africa are playing host for the tour, with five other matches being played in different locations – but there will be NO fans present for any game.

British and Irish Lions tour fixtures and results

These are the dates and venues confirmed for the 2021 fixtures so far, including a one-off warm-up game on home soil:

  • Saturday June 26 – British and Irish Lions vs Japan
    • RESULT: Lions 28-10 Japan
    • RESULT: Emirates Lions 14-56 Lions
    • RESULT: Sharks 7-54 Lions
    • RESULT: CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
    • RESULT: Sharks 31-71 Lions
    • RESULT: South Africa 'A' 17-13 Lions
    • RESULT: Stormers 3-49 Lions

    South Africa vs Lions test fixtures

    • FIRST TEST: Saturday July 24 – South Africa vs British and Irish Lions
      • Kick-off time: 5pm
      • Venue: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
      • TV channel: Sky Sports
      • Kick-off time: 5pm
      • Venue: Soccer City, Johannesburg
      • TV channel: Sky Sports
      • Kick-off time: 5pm
      • Venue: Soccer City, Johannesburg
      • TV channel: Sky Sports

      In 2009, The Lions lost the test series 2-1 but after drawing their series against New Zealand in 2017, they'll be hoping to repeat their victory in 1997.

      What TV Channel will the games be on and can I live stream the series?

      • The 2021 Lions Tour TV rights have been snapped up by Sky Sports
      • The matches for the three-Test rugby union series will be shown live and exclusively on Sky in the UK
      • Sky Sports News will be reporting on the matches with information and content available on the Sky Sports App and via Sky Sports social channels

      Will there be fans in the stadiums for the Lions vs South Africa tests?

      No. The Lions tour with South Africa will have ZERO fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

      As with the rest of the world, the whole African continent has had an awful time with the pandemic and surges in cases have rendered it unsafe for supporters to be in South Africa for the tour.

      The warm-up games against the regional sides will also have no fans.

      Lions squad

      Captain: Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

      Backs: Josh Adams (Wales), Bundee Aki (Ireland), Dan Biggar (Wales), Elliot Daly (England), Gareth Davies (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Chris Harris (Scotland), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Conor Murray (Ireland), Ali Price (Scotland), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales), Finn Russell (Scotland), Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland), Anthony Watson (England), Liam Williams (Wales)

      Forwards: Tadhg Beirne (Ireland), Jack Conan (Ireland), Luke Cowan-Dickie (England), Tom Curry (England), Zander Fagerson (Scotland), Taulupe Faletau (Wales), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Jamie George (England), Iain Henderson (Ireland), Jonny Hill (England), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (c) (Wales), Wyn Jones (Wales), Courtney Lawes (England), Ken Owens (Wales), Andrew Porter (Ireland), Sam Simmonds (England), Rory Sutherland (Scotland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Mako Vunipola (England), Hamish Watson (Scotland)

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