, Lions Tour 2021 fixtures in South Africa: Test match dates, kick-off times and latest squad news, The Nzuchi Times

Lions Tour 2021 fixtures in South Africa: Test match dates, kick-off times and latest squad news

, Lions Tour 2021 fixtures in South Africa: Test match dates, kick-off times and latest squad news, The Nzuchi Times

The British & Irish Lions tour in South Africa is underway and after commanding victories over the Sigma Lions and Cell C Sharks (twice), the Lions were given a wake-up call with defeat against a strong South Africa A side.

However, they bounced back with a resounding win against the Stormers with the likes of Luke Cowan-Dickie and Sam Simmonds playing themselves into Test reckoning.

This tour has been shortened from 10 games to eight from the one in New Zealand in 2017, which means there are now no more warm-up matches before the Test series starts on Saturday, July 24.

Lions Tour 2021 fixtures

Here’s the latest schedule, all BST:

How to watch British & Irish Lions tour on TV: Channel schedule for the 2021 rugby games

Lions squad to face South Africa

Who will referee the Test matches?

Referees Nic Berry, Ben O’Keeffe and Mathieu Raynal will oversee the Lions series against South Africa.

Australian Berry will take charge of the first Test in Cape Town on July 24, with New Zealand’s O’Keefe appointed for the second game between the rivals in Johannesburg a week later.

Frenchman Raynal will referee the final Test, also at FNB Stadium, on August 7.

What is the latest news?

Alun Wyn Jones made a successful comeback from his dislocated shoulder as the Lions warmed up for their Test series against South Africa with a 49-3 victory over the Stormers on Saturday evening.

, Lions Tour 2021 fixtures in South Africa: Test match dates, kick-off times and latest squad news, The Nzuchi Times

Three weeks after sustaining an injury that appeared to have ended his tour, Jones completed 27 minutes as a second-half replacement at Cape Town Stadium.

The Wales skipper carried and made several tackles, absorbing blows to his left shoulder, and appeared to come through unscathed to place him in contention to start against the Springboks next Saturday.

“It was a good hit-out for Alun Wyn so I will have a chat with him and see how he fared after that. See how the lungs were and we will sit down over the next few days and start thinking about the Test team,” head coach Warren Gatland told Sky Sports.

“Look, it is going to be a tough job picking the Test team because we have so many choices.

“The back three and the loose forwards. There are guys putting their hands up as well and what is going to be the combination in the second row and midfield?

“A lot of choices so there is going to be some serious debate over the next couple of days, but it has been a really good week for us.”

What have we said about the 2021 Lions tour? 

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