The Lions finally get their three-game series against South Africa underway this weekend. It will bring an end to their intense preparations that have often been hampered by the worsening Covid-19 situation in South Africa. We've got all the information you need on the huge first test, including what time is Lions v South Africa
What time is Lions v South Africa?
The first test of the Lions v South Africa will take place on July 24th at 5pm.
Where is the Lions v South Africa taking place?
The game will take place at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.
How to watch the Lions v South Africa?
The Lions game against South Africa will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event on Saturday afternoon. Coverage begins at 3.30pm ahead of the 5pm kick-off.
What can we expect?
South Africa named a very strong starting XV on Tuesday, with captain Siya Kolisi passed fit to start. The Springboks bench looks especially rugged and it all points to a fierce first Test in Cape Town.
5️⃣0️⃣-up for Pollard against the Lions on Saturday
🇿🇦 Experienced Bok side named for Cape Town Test
🗣️ “The forward battle is going to be as tough as it gets"
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— Springboks (@Springboks) July 20, 2021
Ahead of the first test, Lions, Ireland and Leinster front row Tadhg Furlong said.
It’s big boys’ rugby, isn’t it, on a big stage?
You can feel it around the place, it has a lot of importance on it - rugby players in general rise to these occasions, with that internal want to do well.
Everyone’s a little bit on edge.
"We’re into the nitty-gritty of the tour now and it means a lot to people so everyone is just waiting to see how it pans out if you are in or out.”
When is the second Lions v Springboks Test?
Next up for the British and Irish Lions is the second test against the Springboks on Saturday week, also in Cape Town.