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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
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The B & I Lions tour South Africa from 3 July 2021 (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 16 Jul 2021
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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.

Date
Time 
(BST)
Match
Preview
Location
Venue
Capacity
03 July 202117:00Lions vs B & I LionsPreviewJohannesburgEmirates Airline Park62 567
07 July 202119:00Sharks vs B & I LionsPreviewJohannesburgEmirates Airline Park62 567
10 July 202117:00Sharks vs B & I LionsPreviewPretoriaLoftus Versfeld51 762
14 July 202119:00South Africa 'A' vs B & I LionsPreviewCape TownCape Town Stadium55 000
17 July 202117:00Stormers vs B & I LionsPreviewCape TownCape Town Stadium55 000
24 July 202117:00South Africa vs B & I Lions (1st Test)PreviewCape TownCape Town Stadium55 000
31 July 202117:00South Africa vs B & I Lions (2nd Test)PreviewJohannesburgSoccer City94 756
7 August 202117:00South Africa vs B & I Lions (3rd Test)PreviewJohannesburgSoccer City94 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.

Name
Country
Club
Test Caps
Position
Josh AdamsWalesCardiff Blues32Back Three
Stuart HoggScotland Exeter Chiefs85Back Three
Louis Rees-ZammitWalesGloucester9Back Three
Duhan van der MerweScotlandEdinburgh10Back Three
Anthony WatsonEnglandBath51Back Three
Liam WilliamsWalesScarlets71Back Three
Bundee AkiIrelandConnacht31Centre
Elliot DalyEnglandSaracens52Centre
Chris HarrisScotlandGloucester28Centre
Robbie HenshawIrelandLeinster52Centre
Dan BiggarWalesNorthampton Saints92Flyhalf
Owen FarrellEnglandSaracens93Flyhalf
Finn RussellScotland Racing 9255Flyhalf
Gareth DaviesWalesScarlets62Scrumhalf
Conor MurrayIrelandMunster89Scrumhalf
Ali PriceScotlandGlasgow Warriors42Scrumhalf
Luke Cowan-DickieEnglandExeter Chiefs31Hooker
Jamie GeorgeEnglandSaracens59Hooker
Ken OwensWalesScarlets82Hooker
Zander FergusonScotlandGlasgow Warriors38Prop
Tadhg FurlongIrelandLeinster49Prop
Wyn JonesWalesScarlets35Prop
Andrew Porter IrelandLeinster37Prop
Rory SutherlandScotlandEdinburgh16Prop
Mako VunipolaEnglandSaracens67Prop
Tadgh BeirneIrelandMunster22Lock
Iain HendersonIrelandUlster63Lock
Jonny HillEnglandExeter Chiefs9Lock
Maro ItojeEnglandSaracens48Lock
Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)WalesOspreys148Lock
Courtney LawesEnglandNorthampton Saints87Lock
Jack ConanIrelandLeinster20Back-row
Tom CurryEnglandSale Sharks33Back-row
Taulupe FaletauWalesBath86Back-row
Sam SimmondsEnglandExeter Chiefs7Back-row
Justin TipuricWalesOspreys85Back-row
Hamish WatsonScotlandEdinburgh41Back-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.

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