It's official: Lions tour gets green light

SA Rugby and the British & Irish Lions have confirmed the 2021 tour to South Africa will go ahead as scheduled.

The eight-game tour kicks off on 3 July when the Lions play the Stormers in Cape Town and ends with the third Test at Ellis Park on 7 August.

'The whole of South Africa is looking forward to welcoming the Lions and we continue progressing our plans to provide our local supporters, as well as fans travelling from abroad, with a once-in-a-lifetime experience,' said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

'We have to ensure the army of red does not dwarf our sea of green and gold, while at the same time showing our guests the best South African hospitality.'

The Lions have toured South Africa 13 times since 1891, winning four Test series, losing eight and drawing one.

British & Irish Lions' 2021 tour to South Africa:

3 July: vs Stormers, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
7 July: vs SA Invitational, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
10 July: vs Sharks, Kings Park, Durban
14 July: vs South Africa A, Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
17 July: vs Bulls, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
24 July: vs Springboks (1st Test), FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
31 July: vs Springboks (2nd Test), Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
7 August: vs Springboks (3rd Test), Ellis Park, Johannesburg