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British and Irish Lions to South Africa to move forward subsequent summer time as scheduled

The Lions will roar throughout South Africa subsequent summer time after rugby’s largest excursion was once given the go-ahead to happen as scheduled.

Weeks of uncertainty ended this morning when organisers showed that the eight-match travel, culminating in 3 Tests in opposition to the arena champion Springboks, is on.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of disruption to the sporting calendar,” admitted British & Irish Lions managing director Ben Calveley.

“But after extensive discussions we are now able to confirm that the Tour dates are as previously announced.”

Both events were ready to push the excursion again into the fall if it freed up a summer time slot for international rugby to no less than make a get started on repairing its parlous monetary state of affairs.

Instead, it is going to get started as deliberate in Cape Town on July Three and run via to August 7, when the general Test is staged at Ellis Park.

Calveley mentioned: “An huge quantity of making plans, particularly from a logistical point of view, is going into hanging on a Lions sequence, so it was once an important {that a} choice was once agreed upon in excellent time.

Ugo Monye ratings for Lions in opposition to Springboks in 3rd Test of 2009 excursion
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“I am particularly pleased that we are able to provide some clarity for all those Lions supporters eager to travel to South Africa next summer.”

The Lions ultimate received a sequence in South Africa in 1997, when once more the Boks have been World Cup holders. On their subsequent seek advice from, in 2009, they got here out at the fallacious finish of a 2-1 lead to what was once a brutally bodily sequence.

Given the best way South Africa outmuscled England to comprehensively win the World Cup ultimate in Japan again in November, an similarly punishing contest is expected.

South Africa elevate World Cup after demolishing England in ultimate yr’s ultimate
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Sky Sports, for a 7th successive Lions excursion, have obtained the printed rights.

Jurie Roux, the manager government of SA Rugby, mentioned: “We’re delighted to confirm the Tour dates remain the same.

“The whole of South Africa is looking forward to welcoming the Lions and we continue progressing our plans to provide travelling supporters with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Full 2021 excursion time table:

 

· Saturday 3 July: British & Irish Lions v DHL Stormers – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

· Wednesday 7 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘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’ Team – 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 (2nd Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

· Saturday 7 August (3rd Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

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