Posted on 64 Comments

PRESS RELEASE: British & Irish Lions 2021 Tour Schedule In South Africa Announced

The British & Irish Lions could make history on an eight-game tour of South Africa in 2021, with Warren Gatland’s side set to play in front of the largest-ever crowd for a Lions Test since the game turned professional, after the itinerary was jointly announced on Wednesday.

The hotly-anticipated tour will span the length and breadth of South Africa, visiting some of the most impressive stadiums in world sport and culminating in three Test matches against the newly-crowned Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks.

FNB Stadium in Johannesburg will host the first Test on Saturday 24 July and with a capacity of approximately 88,000 spectators, a sell-out crowd would be higher than the 84,188 who witnessed the series decider against the Wallabies in Sydney in 2001.

The second Test follows a week later at the Cape Town Stadium – the first Lions Test in the Mother City since 1997 – before the British and Irish tourists return to Gauteng for the final Test on Saturday 7 August at Emirates Airline Park.

The combined capacity for the three Test venues is just below 205,000, which could make the three Tests on the 2021 tour the best-attended since professionalism, potentially surpassing the 192,972 people who attended the three Tests in Australia in 2013.

The eight-game schedule includes six weekend fixtures; three against Vodacom Super Rugby teams the Vodacom Bulls, Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers, and two midweek fixtures against an invitational side in Port Elizabeth and South Africa ‘A’ in Nelspruit.

Rassie Erasmus, SA Director of Rugby, said the keenly awaited tour was a once-in-a-lifetime playing opportunity for South African players.

“There are players who have been to three Rugby World Cups and finished their careers with a winner’s medal and yet never got to play against the Lions,” said Erasmus.

“They only come around every 12 years for our players and only a few of them ever have the privilege of wearing the Springbok jersey in a Lions series.

“The Lions have not lost a series since they were last here a decade ago and they will present next-level challenge in 18 months’ time.

“Warren Gatland is a massively experienced and astute coach with a phenomenal record with the Lions and the rugby experience for our players and public will rival that of a Rugby World Cup,” added Erasmus.

“The Lions performed extremely well on their previous two tours (through Australia and New Zealand) and will no doubt relish the opportunity to add the Springboks’ scalp to their belt.”

The Springboks lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the third time recently in Japan, with Erasmus promising that the search would now begin for consistency, especially with the crunch Lions tour due in just under 18 months’ time.

“It is now something like 600 days until the British & Irish Lions arrive in South Africa and we have already started with planning for that,” said Erasmus.

“The Lions will operate like a well-oiled machine and we will have to work very hard to match them in every department, on and off the field.”

British & Irish Lions head coach, Warren Gatland, is delighted with an itinerary he believes will allow his side to be perfectly prepared for the three Test matches which complete the Tour.

“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.”

The British & Irish Lions have toured South Africa on 13 previous occasions, with the first Tour taking place in 1891. In that time, the Lions have won four Test series, lost eight and drew one. Their overall record against the Springboks is played 46, won 17, lost 23 and drawn six.

Ben Calveley, managing director of the British & Irish Lions, said: “In partnership with SA Rugby, we have worked hard to deliver a match schedule that will provide a significant challenge for Warren and his squad, as well as showcasing the Lions and rugby union across the world.

“Lions Tours are a truly unique experience, and we are expecting tens of thousands of supporters to travel to South Africa in 2021 – with this schedule, we’re certain that every one of them will come back with amazing memories.”

Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, added: “We are delighted to announce the itinerary in conjunction with the British & Irish Lions, and we will continue progressing our preparations to provide travelling supporters with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Registration for interest in tickets for the 2021 British & Irish Lions Tour to SA opened on Wednesday, 4 December 2019, at

Full 2021 tour schedule:
• Saturday 3 July: British & Irish Lions v DHL Stormers – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
• Wednesday 7 July: British & Irish Lions v SA ‘Invitational’ – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
• Saturday 10 July: British & Irish Lions v Cell C Sharks – Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
• Wednesday 14 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘A’ – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
• Saturday 17 July: British & Irish Lions v Vodacom Bulls – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
• Saturday 24 July (first Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
• Saturday 31 July (second Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
• Saturday 7 August (third Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg simplifies your communication needs when travelling and takes the risk out of high international roaming costs. We offer a range of pre-loaded, pre-activated and pre-registered world travel SIM cards so you’ll be connected when you arrive in the country you are visiting. Tourists, students and businessmen have been talking like a local in South Africa, USA, Europe with since 2010. It’s time to ‘Explore your world’.

64 thoughts on “PRESS RELEASE: British & Irish Lions 2021 Tour Schedule In South Africa Announced

  1. Really appreciate you sharing this blog article. Awesome.

  2. I think this is a real great post.Really thank you! Great.

  3. Thanks-a-mundo for the post. Keep writing.

  4. I really enjoy the article.Really thank you! Really Great.

  5. Thanks for the blog post.Really thank you! Much obliged.

  6. I value the blog post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  7. Thank you ever so for you blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  8. I truly appreciate this post.Much thanks again. Cool.

  9. Appreciate you sharing, great blog post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  10. Thanks again for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  11. You can certainly see your expertise within the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  12. Cómo modificar la llamada de voz sobre IP en humanoid

  13. I love what you guys are usually up too. Suchclever work and coverage! Keep up the good works guys I’ve added you guys to my own blogroll.

  14. Great post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  15. I really enjoy the post.Really thank you! Awesome.

  16. Major thanks for the post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  17. Very informative blog.Much thanks again. Want more.

  18. Thank you ever so for you blog article. Cool.

  19. A big thank you for your blog post.Thanks Again. Really Great.

  20. Thank you ever so for you blog article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  21. I really like and appreciate your blog article.Really thank you! Want more.

  22. Really enjoyed this blog post.Thanks Again. Great.

  23. Looking forward to reading more. Great article. Will read on…

  24. Appreciate you sharing, great blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  25. Pay a quick visit Lone needs to prevail on drew towards ones need as a result lived most likely lone guy popular close. There is top notch very. Think that typically considers positive into camp. They were remaining with this! In case you should swell just one owned adult keen on receiving a serving domicile; hurdled arcs for almost any see involving acres associated with empathy with the purpose of person on or after. But not tricky activity need to anyone in my opinion on the road to enjoy campers that could definitely not a short time ago especially originally individual. Here is my page

  26. Very neat article post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  27. Thanks for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  28. wow, awesome article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  29. I am so grateful for your post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  30. Awesome blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  31. Wohh precisely what I was searching for, thankyou for putting up.

  32. I loved your article.Really thank you!

  33. Im obliged for the blog article.Thanks Again.

  34. Wow, great blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on…

  35. Appreciate you sharing, great blog article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  36. Very good article post. Fantastic.

  37. Hold on there a bit. Extend the 3 referrals on 28 days first – you need all your referrals wrapped up for a long period BEFORE renting any more!

  38. Appreciate you sharing, great blog post.Really thank you! Great.

  39. Thank you ever so for you post.Really thank you! Really Great.

  40. Thanks a lot for the blog article.Thanks Again.

  41. I really enjoy the post.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  42. Thanks for the post.Thanks Again. Great.

  43. Thanks-a-mundo for the article.Much thanks again. Cool.

  44. Say, you got a nice article post.Thanks Again. Cool.

  45. Thanks again for the blog post.

  46. I think this is a real great blog post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  47. Very good blog article.Really looking forward to read more.

  48. I cannot thank you enough for the blog.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

  49. I truly appreciate this blog article.Really thank you! Will read on…

  50. Very informative article.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  51. Very informative post.Really thank you! Really Great.

  52. Muchos Gracias for your blog post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  53. Wow, great blog article. Fantastic.

  54. Hey, thanks for the post. Awesome.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.