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British and Irish Lions results 2021

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The British and Irish Lions have completed their tour of South Africa.

The Springboks won the series 2-1, but it was overshadowed by significant off-field controversy brought about by South African coaching director Rassie Erasmus publicly criticising Australian referee Nic Berry in an hour-long online video.

All matches were played in either Cape Town, Pretoria or Johannesburg, with the latter hosting the final two Tests of the tour. Ellis Park and FNB Stadium were the locations in Johannesburg, Loftus Versfeld played host to the match in Pretoria, while Cape Town Stadium was the other venue used.

The confined nature of the fixtures was 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 after that.

2021 British and Irish Lions full results list

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

Date Fixture Venue Kick-off (AEST)
Warmup matches
Sun, Jun 27 Lions def. Japan 28-10 Murrayfield 12am
Sun, Jul 4 Lions def. (SR) Lions 56-14 Ellis Park 2am
Thu, Jul 8 Lions def. Sharks 54-7 Ellis Park 4am
Sun, Jul 11 Lions def. Sharks 71-31 Loftus Versfeld 2am
Thu, Jul 15 South Africa A def. Lions 17-13 Cape Town Stadium 4am
Sun, Jul 18 Lions def. Stormers 49-3 Cape Town Stadium 2am
Springboks Tests
Sun, Jul 25 Lions def. Springboks 22-17 Cape Town Stadium 2am
Sun, Aug 1 Springboks def. Lions 27-9 FNB Stadium 2am
Sun, Aug 8 Springboks def. Lions 19-16 Ellis Park 2am

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