British & Irish Lions 2021 Tour - All the dates, times, venues & squad
- The B & I Lions Tour of South Africa begins on 3 July
- The tour will consist of 8 fixtures, three of which are Test matches
- The Lions have not lost a series since losing to the Springboks in 2009
The B & I Lions tour South Africa from 3 July 2021 (Getty Images)
The British and Irish Lions 2021 Tour schedule has been finalised after much conjecture. The opening match of the tour will see the tourists take on the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg before playing four further warm-up fixtures.
The first Test will take place in Cape Town on 17 July. Unlike previous tours, the B & I Lions will not play any midweek fixtures between the Test matches. This is mainly due to COVID-19 which forced the organisers to change the schedule.
The British and Irish Lions arrive with Warren Gatland at the helm. The New Zealander was in charge of Wales for 12 years and left his position at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He has been the head coach on the Lions last two tours where they beat Australia 2-1 in 2013 and drew 1-1 against New Zealand in 2017.
British and Irish Lions 2021 Tour Fixtures
The B & I Lions tour in South Africa will begin on 3 July and end on 7 August with the final Test. They do play one warm-up match before arriving in the Rainbow Nation. The British & Irish Lions beat Japan 28-10 at Murrayfield prior to arriving in South Africa.
The match on 10 July against the Bulls could unfortunately not take place after players within the Bulls squad tested positive for COVID-19. The Sharks instead played the Lions for a second time.
|03 July 2021||17:00||Lions vs B & I Lions||Preview||Johannesburg||Emirates Airline Park||62 567|
|07 July 2021||19:00||Sharks vs B & I Lions||Preview||Johannesburg||Emirates Airline Park||62 567|
|10 July 2021||17:00||Sharks vs B & I Lions||Preview||Pretoria||Loftus Versfeld||51 762|
|14 July 2021||19:00||South Africa 'A' vs B & I Lions||Preview||Cape Town||Cape Town Stadium||55 000|
|17 July 2021||17:00||Stormers vs B & I Lions||Preview||Cape Town||Cape Town Stadium||55 000|
|24 July 2021||17:00||South Africa vs B & I Lions (1st Test)||Preview||Cape Town||Cape Town Stadium||55 000|
|31 July 2021||17:00||South Africa vs B & I Lions (2nd Test)||Preview||Johannesburg||Soccer City||94 756|
|7 August 2021||17:00||South Africa vs B & I Lions (3rd Test)||Preview||Johannesburg||Soccer City||94 756|
British and Irish Lions 2021 Tour Squad
Warren Gatland has announced the British & Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa in July and August 2021.
|Josh Adams||Wales||Cardiff Blues||32||Back Three|
|Stuart Hogg||Scotland||Exeter Chiefs||85||Back Three|
|Louis Rees-Zammit||Wales||Gloucester||9||Back Three|
|Duhan van der Merwe||Scotland||Edinburgh||10||Back Three|
|Anthony Watson||England||Bath||51||Back Three|
|Liam Williams||Wales||Scarlets||71||Back Three|
|Dan Biggar||Wales||Northampton Saints||92||Flyhalf|
|Finn Russell||Scotland||Racing 92||55||Flyhalf|
|Ali Price||Scotland||Glasgow Warriors||42||Scrumhalf|
|Luke Cowan-Dickie||England||Exeter Chiefs||31||Hooker|
|Zander Ferguson||Scotland||Glasgow Warriors||38||Prop|
|Jonny Hill||England||Exeter Chiefs||9||Lock|
|Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)||Wales||Ospreys||148||Lock|
|Courtney Lawes||England||Northampton Saints||87||Lock|
|Tom Curry||England||Sale Sharks||33||Back-row|
|Sam Simmonds||England||Exeter Chiefs||7||Back-row|
British and Irish Lions 2021 Tour FAQ
Where is the British and Irish Lions touring in 2021?
The British and Irish Lions will tour South Africa in July and August 2021.
When does the British and Irish Lions 2021 tour start?
The British and Irish Lions tour starts on 3 July 2021.
Where is the British and Irish Lions 2021 tour taking place?
The British and Irish Lions tour in 2021 will take place in South Africa.