SA Rugby and the British & Irish Lions have confirmed that the anticipated tour to South Africa will go ahead as planned next year.
The series visits some of the most impressive stadiums in world sport and culminates in three Test matches against the current Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks.
The eight-game tour kicks off on in July 2021 with the Lions playing Vodacom Super Rugby’s DHL Stormers in Cape Town. Three weeks later the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg hosts the first Test – a venue that last hosted the Springboks in 2013.
The second Test takes place at the Cape Town Stadium, the first Lions Test in the Mother City since 1997, before the final test in Gauteng at Emirates Airline Park – the storied venue of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
Full 2021 tour schedule:
Saturday 3 July: British & Irish Lions v DHL Stormers – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Wednesday 7 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘Invitational’ – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Saturday 10 July: British & Irish Lions v Cell C Sharks – Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Wednesday 14 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘A’ Team – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Saturday 17 July: British & Irish Lions v Vodacom Bulls – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Saturday 24 July (first Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Saturday 31 July (second Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Saturday 7 August (third Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg