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British and Irish Lions fixtures 2021

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The British and Irish Lions are currently touring South Africa.

All matches will be played in either Cape Town, Pretoria or Johannesburg, with the latter to host the final two Tests of the tour. Ellis Park and FNB Stadium will be the locations in Johannesburg, Loftus Versfeld plays host to the match in Pretoria, while Cape Town Stadium the other venue used. The confined nature of the fixtures is to minimise the health risk associated with playing the tour during the pandemic.

The British and Irish Lions played Japan in Scotland before heading to South Africa. They started the tour proper with a match against provincial side the Lions – brought onto the fixture list in place of the originally slated match-up against a South African Invitational XV – before encounters against the Sharks, Bulls, South Africa A, and Stormers.

The three-Test series against the Springboks followed follow after that, beginning on July 24 (July 25 Australian time).

2021 British and Irish Lions full fixture list

Note all dates and times are in AEST (Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane time)

Date Opponent Venue Kick-off (AEST)
Sun, Jun 27 Japan Murrayfield 12am
Sun, Jul 4 Lions Ellis Park 2am
Thu, Jul 8 Sharks Ellis Park 4am
Sun, Jul 11 Bulls Loftus Versfeld 2am
Thu, Jul 15 South Africa A Cape Town Stadium 4am
Sun, Jul 18 Stormers Cape Town Stadium 2am
Sun, Jul 25 Springboks (1st Test) Cape Town Stadium 2am
Sun, Aug 1 Springboks (2nd Test) FNB Stadium 2am
Sun, Aug 8 Springboks (3rd Test) Ellis Park 2am

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