British and Irish Lions excursion to South Africa showed for July and August 2021 – giving English stars no spoil after gruelling Premiership time table
- The British and Irish Lions excursion has been showed for July and August 2021
- The excursion to international champions South Africa will happen days after season ends
- Talks have been ongoing to transport the excursion to Autumn to raised are compatible gruelling time table
The British and Irish Lions excursion to South Africa will happen as scheduled in July and August 2021, the well-known traveling facet have showed.
Earlier all over lockdown there have been discussions about transferring the excursion to the fall of 2021, now not best as a result of coronavirus however to suit a brand new ‘global-season’ proposal.
But with the ones talks falling flat thus far, and renewed self assurance that the excursion can happen subsequent summer time, the Lions and South Africans have reaffirmed the dates for the commute.
The British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa has been showed for July and August 2021
The facet will face World Champions South Africa subsequent summer time right away after seasons ends
It implies that the Lions will nonetheless open their excursion in opposition to the Stormers in Cape Town on July 3, 2021, will play 4 extra warm-up suits after which 3 Tests in opposition to the arena champions.
The ultimate Test, in Johannesburg, will happen on August 7, 2021 – this means that potential English vacationers face a complete yr of week-to-week rugby motion, with the Premiership season resuming subsequent month and a brand new marketing campaign starting in November after autumn Tests.
It additionally approach the Lions will as soon as once more lack preparation time. The Premiership has refused to modify its summer time ultimate date of June 26 subsequent yr, so some English Lions will – like for the remaining excursion to New Zealand – fly to South Africa slightly hours after the home season has ended.
Lions boss Warren Gatland suggested the Premiership to be extra accommodating, however they have got now not listened to his protestations.
Head trainer Warren Gatland (R) will once more have to regulate a handy guide a rough turnaround for his gamers
LIONS TOUR TO SOUTH AFRICA DATES
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 (1st 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
The PRO14 league – comprising Irish, Scottish and Welsh hopefuls – is predicted to shift to permit vacationers to coach ahead of they go away those shores.
The Lions also are nonetheless hopeful of arranging a pre-tour fit on house turf, in all probability at Murrayfield with Japan as a most well-liked opponent, to assist with budget and preparation.
‘The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of disruption to the sporting calendar, but after extensive discussions we are now able to confirm that the tour dates are as previously announced,’ mentioned Ben Calveley, British & Irish Lions Managing Director.
‘An enormous amount of planning, especially from a logistical perspective, goes into putting on a Lions series, so it was crucial that a decision was agreed upon in good time.
‘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.’
Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, added: ‘We’re overjoyed to verify the Tour dates stay the similar. The entire of South Africa is taking a look ahead to welcoming the Lions and we proceed progressing our plans to offer travelling supporters with a once-in-a-lifetime revel in.’
And Sky Sports have published that – as anticipated – they’ll display the whole excursion completely survive their channels.
The broadcaster will quilt all 3 Tests and the 5 warm-u.s.on its 7th successive Lions excursion, for the reason that 1997 commute to South Africa.
Head trainer Gatland mentioned: ‘Lions Tours are always unique, but to take on the World Champions in their backyard will be something very special.
‘Having toured there in 2009 I know the scale of the task ahead of us – playing in South Africa presents a number of unique challenges such as playing at altitude, while the Boks will always be physical, aggressive and highly motivated.
The Lions last toured South Africa in 2009 when they were defeated by the World Champions
‘History tells you it’s a tricky position to excursion, however I’m assured that we will move there and win.
‘Sky Sports always do an excellent job covering the Tour, so I am delighted they are on board again.’