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B & I Lions Tour Schedule, Dates & Squad - Lions get tour underway on 3 July in Cape Town

Last updated: 17 May 2021
Ralph Staniforth 17 May 2021
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  • 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
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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 2021Lions vs B & I LionsJohannesburgEmirates Airline Park
7 July 2021Sharks vs B & I LionsJohannesburgEmirates Airline Park
10 July 2021Bulls vs B & I LionsPretoriaLoftus Versfeild
14 July 2021South Africa 'A' vs B & I LionsCape TownCape Town Stadium
17 July 2021Stormers vs B & I LionsCape TownCape Town Stadium
24 July 2021First TestCape TownCape Town Stadium
31 July 2021Second TestJohannesburgSoccer City
7 Aug 2021Third TestJohannesburgSoccer City

British & Irish Lions Squad

Test Caps
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 & 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.

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