Despite the threats of Covid-19, the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa has ended, and the series has been reduced to a third round in which the winner takes it all in Cape Town.
The Lions won the first Test before the Springboks tied the series. Now we get to the bottom line and you don’t want to miss it.
Although Sky Sports has exclusive live broadcast rights, live coverage of the Lions Tour is also shown on terrestrial television.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, Channel 4 is showing the highlights of the three test matches against South Africa. The highlights are also available for viewing through their on-demand service, All4.
Talksport Radio comments live, with World Cup winner Brian Habana (South Africa), Ben Kaye (England), former Irish and Lions winger Tommy Poe and former Lions coach Sir Ian McGuish commenting on every game.
The full schedule of the tours, including details of kick-off times and how to watch UK matches, is detailed below.
Sky Sports commentary team for the Lions Tour
Charlie Morgan’s Bar
Sky Sports dedicates a channel for 24-hour coverage of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa with former Irish midfielder Ronan O’Gara and retired international referee Nigel Owens among their squad.
Sky Sports Action has been renamed Sky Sports The Lions and will remain in place until August 10, three days after the end of the Test series.
Alex Payne tops coverage, which includes a large list of analysts. O’Gara, fresh out of a season in which his team from La Rochelle were vice-champions of Toulouse in both the European Cup and in the top 14, Owens was the new faces.
O’Gara is also a veteran of three Lions tours, most recently to South Africa in 2009. Sam Warburton, Head of New Zealand 2017, is in the studio wearing a former England Maggie Alfonsi jersey.
In addition to Alphonse, McGishchan and Will Greenwood, three Telegraph writers Rugby are involved. Scott Quinnell travels to the UK to meet Lions supporters.
Sarah Elgan and Habana report from South Africa, and in the absence of Miles Harrison, Conor McNamara is Sky Sports’ number one commentator. The behind-the-scenes tour is also the first in the Professional Era not to include Stewart Barnes.
In addition to exclusive live coverage of the matches, Sky Sports The Lions presents highlights, documentaries and snapshots, as well as the Lions’ Sunday Morning Breakfast summarizing yesterday’s events and discussing media coverage of the tour.
Finally, Sky Sports customers can access chasing the sun, a popular five-part documentary detailing South Africa’s journey to World Cup glory in 2019.
British and Irish Lions Channels 2021
Saturday 26 June 2021
British and Irish Lions 28-10 Japan
Saturday 3 July 2021
British and Irish Lions 56-14 Sigma Lions
Wednesday 7 July 2021
British and Irish black 54 – 7 sharks
Saturday 10 July 2021
British and Irish lions 71 – 31 sharks
Wednesday 14 July 2021
British and Irish Lions 13-17 South Africa A
Saturday 17 July 2021
British and Irish Lions 49 – 3 Storms
Saturday 24 July 2021
British and Irish Lions 22 – South Africa 17
Saturday 31 July 2021
British and Irish Lions 9- South Africa 27
Saturday 7 August 2021
Third round against South Africa – Cape Town (17h00. M, Sky Sports)
All playing times are in GMT
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