What time is kickoff, what TV channel is it playing on, and what is our prediction?


What is that?

The British and Irish Lions face world champions South Africa in the first test at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town.

The Lions will have had five warm-up games to prepare for this game – six if you include the pre-Tour game against Japan at Murrayfield – but will that be enough for head coach Warren Gatland given that the SA tour was shortened by two games from New Zealand in 2017?

When is it?

Saturday July 24.

What time is the kick-off?

5 p.m.

Which TV channel is it on?

Live coverage is on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Rugby.

It has also been announced that highlights from all three tests against South Africa will be broadcast on Channel 4, while All4 will broadcast highlights from ALL Lions Tour matches.

Full schedule of the Lions Tour 2021

Here is the latest schedule, all BST:

What are the latest team / team news?

Sam Simmonds has been named to the British and Irish Lions squad for the South Africa tour, but Johnny Sexton is one of many high-profile omissions.

Simmonds, the No.8 Exeter and current European Player of the Year, was chosen by Warren Gatland despite having been systematically ignored by England since his last of his seven caps in 2018.

He was joined in the squad by fellow bolters Bundee Aki of Ireland and Chris Harris of Scotland, with Manu Tuilagi left out as he gradually returns from an Achilles injury.

The 37-member squad was initially led by Alun Wyn Jones, the 35-year-old Ospreys forward who led Wales to the Six Nations title in March, but suffered a serious injury in the pre-season match. Tour against Japan and was substituted. by Adam Barbe. Justin Tipuric also received an end-of-tour blow, so Josh Navidi was called up.

Welsh center Jonathan Davies was due to travel to South Africa, especially after Welsh teammate George North was ruled out with a knee injury, but in a surprise move Aki and Harris were preferred.

Kyle Sinckler, who made a name for himself on the 2017 New Zealand tour and was seen as likely to be in testing again after a solid Six Nations, was originally overlooked by Gatland but was called up after an injury to Irishman Andrew Porter.

England’s young opening half Marcus Smith has been called up to replace Finn Russell, who is suffering from an Achilles tendon injury.


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