B & I Lions Tour Schedule, Dates & Squad - Lions get tour underway on 3 July in Cape Town
- The Lions will play 8 matches on their tour of South Africa
- The final Test will take place on 7 August 2021
- South Africa are world champions but underdogs for this series
The Lions tour begins on 3 July 2021 (Getty Images)
The British & Irish Lions Tour to South Africa begins on 3 July 2021 when they tackle the Stormers at the iconic Cape Town Stadium.
A Lions tour is placed just below a Rugby World Cup on most players’ radar in the Southern Hemisphere. Some players never get a crack at the Lions with them only touring each country once every 12 years.
When the Lions last visited South Africa in 2009 they lost the series 2-1. After winning the first two Test matches, South Africa played a weakened side in the final Test and got beaten. The previous time the B & I Lions toured was in 1997 when they beat the hosts 2-1.
In 2013 the Lions beat Australia 2-1 and in 2017 drew 1-1 against a very strong All Black side. Head coach, Warren Gatland will be aiming to go three series’ unbeaten as head coach this time around.
B & I Lions Tour Schedule & Dates
The Lions will play a total of eight matches including the three Tests’. The five warm-up games will all take place prior to the 1st Test after the tour was altered due to the pandemic. Normally there would be midweek matches between the Test matches but not this time around.
|3 July 2021||Lions vs B & I Lions||Johannesburg||Emirates Airline Park|
|7 July 2021||Sharks vs B & I Lions||Johannesburg||Emirates Airline Park|
|10 July 2021||Bulls vs B & I Lions||Pretoria||Loftus Versfeild|
|14 July 2021||South Africa 'A' vs B & I Lions||Cape Town||Cape Town Stadium|
|17 July 2021||Stormers vs B & I Lions||Cape Town||Cape Town Stadium|
|24 July 2021||First Test||Cape Town||Cape Town Stadium|
|31 July 2021||Second Test||Johannesburg||Soccer City|
|7 Aug 2021||Third Test||Johannesburg||Soccer City|
British & Irish Lions Squad
British & Irish Lions Tour Schedule FAQ
When is the B & I Lions first match of the tour?
The B & I Lions play their first match of the tour on 3 July 2021 against the Stormers.
When is the B & I Lions first Test of the tour?
The 1st Test will take place on 24 July 2021.
When is the B & I Lions final Test of the tour?
The 3rd and final Test will take place on 7 August 2021.