South Africa: British, Irish Lions Tour of SA Goes Ahead

Cape Town — THE British and Irish Lions' tour of South Africa will go ahead in July next year, defying fears that it would be halted by the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The eight-game tour kicks off on July 3 at the Cape Town Stadium with a fixture between the visitors and DHL Stormers.

It concludes on August 7 when the Springboks host British and Irish Lions at the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Jurie Roux, Chief Executive Officer of South Africa Rugby, confirmed the tour dates have remained unchanged.

"The whole of South Africa is looking forward to welcoming the Lions," he told CAJ News Africa in Cape Town.

"We continue progressing our plans to provide our local supporters, as well as fans travelling from abroad, with a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Roux said.

This will be the British and Irish Lions' third tour since the game turned professional.

They won the 1997 tour while South Africa clinched the 2009 edition.

"On every occasion, the Springboks took the field as reigning Rugby World Cup champions and the 2021 tour is already shaping up to be one for the ages," Roux said.

Ben Calveley, British and Irish Lions Managing Director, lamented that COVID-19 pandemic had caused massive disruption to the sporting calendar but also confirmed the tour will proceed as initially arranged.

He was speaking from England.

"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," Calveley stated.

The British and Irish Lions have toured South Africa on 13 previous occasions since the first one in 1891.

The Springboks have an upper hand, winning 23 of the ties to the tourists' 17.

Six have been drawn.

More From: CAJ News

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.