British and Irish Lions fixture list confirmed

The British and Irish Lions will play Japan in Edinburgh before embarking on an eight-game schedule in South Africa.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 2:03 pm
Updated Friday, 25th June 2021, 2:04 pm

The trip culminates in three Tests against the world champion Springboks as the Lions make their first trip to South Africa since 2009.

Fixtures (all kick-offs BST):

Saturday, June 26: Japan (Murrayfield, Edinburgh, 3pm); Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France); Assistant referees: Pierre Brousset and Ludovic Cayre (both France)

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Saturday, July 3: Emirates Lions (Emirates Lions Park, Johannesburg, 5pm); Referee: AJ Jacobs (South Africa); Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England) and Jaco Peyper (South Africa).

Wednesday, July 7: Cell C Sharks (Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg, 7pm); Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa); Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England) and AJ Jacobs (South Africa).

Saturday, July 10: Vodacom Bulls (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, 5pm); Referee: Wayne Barnes (England); Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper and AJ Jacobs (both South Africa).

Wednesday, July 14: South Africa A (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 7pm); Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa); Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England) and Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa).

Saturday, July 17: DHL Stormers (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 5pm); Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper and AJ Jacobs (both South Africa).

Saturday, July 24: First Test v South Africa (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 5pm); Referee: Nic Berry (Australia); Assistant referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) and Mathieu Raynal (France).

Saturday, July 31: Second Test v South Africa (FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, 5pm); Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand); Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia) and Mathieu Raynal (France).

Saturday, August 7: Third Test v South Africa (FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, 5pm); Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France); Assistant referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) and Nic Berry (Australia).

p Here are some of the numbers behind the history of the British and Irish Lions’ games against South Africa.

12 – the number of years since the Lions last faced the Springboks.

46 – the number of times the Lions have played against South Africa.

17 – the number of times the Lions have beaten South Africa.

6 – the number of drawn Tests between the Lions and South Africa.

18 – the Lions record for most points in a Test match against South Africa held by Irishman Tony Ward.

37 – the number of players in the Lions squad for their latest South Africa mission.

28 – the most number of points scored by the Lions in a Test match against South Africa.

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