2021 British and Irish Lions tour endorsed
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 04: Lions supporters celebrate during the Third Test match between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions at Ellis Park Stadium on July 4, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The British & Irish Lions and SA Rugby confirmed the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa will go ahead as scheduled.

Endorsed by both host and visitor, it confirms the commitment to proceed with the itinerary that sees the eight-game tour kick off on Saturday July 3, 2021 when the Lions play DHL Stormers in Cape Town.

The media release from the Lions is enthusiastic in reaffirming the planned tour of South Africa. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of disruption to the sporting calendar, but after extensive discussions, we are now able to confirm that the tour dates are as previously announced,” said Ben Calveley, British & Irish Lions managing director.

2021 British and Irish Lions tour endorsed

“An enormous amount of planning, especially from a logistical perspective, goes into putting on a Lions series, so it was crucial that a decision was agreed upon in good time.

“I am particularly pleased that we are able to provide some clarity for all those Lions supporters eager to travel to South Africa next summer.” Calveley recognizes the importance of endorsing the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour early, so that fans – as well as organizers – can start to set their future goals.

Planning of tour packages is well in advance, so that the throng of BIL fans can again add their voice to the cheers that will come when this latest endeavor of the popular touring rugby group again visits the republic.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, added: “We’re delighted to confirm the tour dates remain the same. The whole of South Africa is looking forward to welcoming the Lions and we continue progressing our plans to provide traveling supporters (see main image) with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

2021 will carry on from the most popular recent tour of New Zealand in 2017. That drawn series reached new heights, and reinforced the sides strong place in rugby fans’ minds.

Full 2021 British and Irish Lions tour schedule:

Saturday July 3: British & Irish Lions v DHL Stormers – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Wednesday July 7: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘Invitational’ – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Sat July 10: British & Irish Lions v Cell C Sharks – Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

Wed July 14: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘A’ Team – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Sat July 17: British & Irish Lions v Vodacom Bulls – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Sat July 24 (first Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Sat July 31 (second Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Sat August 7 (third Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg.

For more information on the best range of ticket-inclusive travel packages to South Africa please visit www.lionsrugby.com/tours

 

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