The British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa takes place this summer, with the squad set to be announced at the start of May. The series kicks off in July, and we have all the info you need on the Lions Tour games for 2021.
Where will the Lions tour take place?
The Lions alternate between touring New Zealand, Australia and South Africa every four years. This year they will tour South Africa, having most recently played in New Zealand in 2017.
Who will the Lions play on the tour?
The Lions will have one warm up game in Scotland against Japan before jetting off to South Africa. When they land there, they will play five touring games against regional teams, before a three-game test series against the South African national team, the Springboks.
What are the dates for the Lions games on the tour?
The first of the Lions games will take place on the 26th of June against Japan at Murrayfield. The first game of the tour will be against the Stormers in Cape Town on the 3rd of July. The all-important test series will take place on three consecutive Saturdays from the 24th of July to the 7th of August.
Who will be playing for the Lions on tour?
Former Ireland and Wales coach Warren Gatland is taking charge of his third consecutive Lions tour this summer, having guided them to victory in Australia in 2013 and a tied series in New Zealand in 2017. He can choose any senior players from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
Given Wales’ triumph in this year’s Six Nations and the heavy Welsh presence on the coaching staff, we can expect plenty of Welsh representation in the 41-man squad. Most pundits are tipping Scotland to fare better than they have done on previous tours, while England’s poor performances in the Six Nations could lead to a smaller number of English players than the 16 who travelled to New Zealand in 2017.
In terms of Irish representation, Robbie Henshaw and Tadhg Furlong seem to have their spot in the starting XV for the Test Series nailed down. Tadhg Beirne has also been widely tipped to start the Test Series, while others like Johnny Sexton and James Ryan will be in contention to start as well.