The fixture details for the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021 have been confirmed this morning.
The tour in 2021 will involved eight games which will take place between July 8 and August 7.
The Lions’ first match will be against Super Rugby side the Stormers on July 8 before taking on a South African invitational side four days later.
A clash with the Cell C Sharks takes place the following Saturday before Warren Gatland’s side take on South Africa ‘A’ on July 14.
The penultimate game before the series opener against the Springboks will be a clash with the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday, July 17.
The following three weekends see the Lions take on the world champions in a three-test series. The first and third games will take place in Johannesburg while the second Test will take place in Cape Town.
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“I am absolutely thrilled with how this schedule looks,” said Gatland, whose Lions beat Australia in 2013 and drew the series with New Zealand in 2017.
“Touring South Africa is always a huge challenge, not only from a rugby perspective, but also in terms of the venues and the conditions facing the players.
“We are very comfortable that three of the games, two of which are Test matches, will be played at altitude. Our schedule falls in a way to allow us to start at sea level before building up and acclimatising to the unique environment that playing at altitude presents.
“Ensuring the team are absolutely primed for the Test matches is a critical element of any Lions Tour, and I am confident the quality of opposition we will face in the opening weeks will get us ready to take on the Springboks. The Bulls, Sharks and Stormers are all tough sides and present different challenges, which is exactly what we want.
“Moreover, the venues we have agreed – some of which will be new to the Lions – open up the matches to a vast audience and will undoubtedly provide an unforgettable experience for the players and travelling supporters alike.
“We are very much looking forward to touring this wonderful country.”