2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa

The 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa was an international rugby union tour that took place in South Africa in July and August 2021. The British & Irish Lions, a team selected from players eligible to represent England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, played a three-match test series against South Africa, and tour matches against three of South Africa's four United Rugby Championship teams and South Africa A.

2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa
Date3 July – 7 August
Coach(es) Warren Gatland
Tour captain(s)Wales Alun Wyn Jones
Ireland Conor Murray (temporary)[a]
Test series winners South Africa (2–1)
Lions' top point scorer(s)Wales Dan Biggar (47)
Lions' top try scorer(s)Wales Josh Adams (8)
Player of the SeriesEngland Maro Itoje

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly disrupted the tour, leading to numerous schedule changes and the matches in South Africa taking place without fans present. Before leaving for South Africa, the Lions beat Japan in a warm-up match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. They won all of their matches against the South African franchises, but lost to South Africa A.

South Africa won the test series by two matches to one. The Lions won the first test 22–17 on 24 July, but South Africa won the second test 27–9 a week later before winning the third test 19–16 with a late penalty on 7 August.

Warren Gatland was the Lions' head coach, making him only the second coach to lead the team on three consecutive tours.[b] Alun Wyn Jones of Wales was the Lions' tour captain, but was injured in the home match against Japan on 26 June; he initially withdrew from the squad before returning three weeks later. Ireland's Conor Murray took over as captain during Jones' absence.

ScheduleEdit

The eight-match schedule was announced on 4 December 2019,[1] and confirmed on 14 May 2021. The Lions also scheduled a home match against Japan for 26 June, the first time the teams had met, and the first game to be hosted by the Lions since they played Argentina at the Millennium Stadium in 2005.[2] Unlike recent tours, when the Lions played seven games against non-national teams, in 2021 there are only five.[3][4]

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was reported in early 2021 that the tour could be held in Britain and Ireland instead of South Africa, postponed to 2022 or cancelled altogether.[5] With the Lions traditionally being a touring side, thousands of fans signed a petition to put pressure on the Lions board to keep the tour in South Africa and postpone until 2022. In January 2021, Rugby Australia offered to host the tournament in Australia if it could not be held in South Africa,[6] but this was rejected.[7] In March 2021, it was confirmed that the tour would go ahead as planned.[8]

Originally, the eight matches were to be played in the home stadiums of the Lions' opponents. Due to COVID, the schedule was changed so that all eight matches would be played in only four venues, all in Gauteng or Cape Town, to reduce the teams' travel requirements.[9] A match against an SA Invitational team was replaced by one against the South African Lions franchise to reduce the risks associated with drawing a squad from around the country.[10] The match against the Bulls was cancelled due to several positive COVID tests in the Bulls' camp, and a second match against the Sharks was added instead.[11][12] On 20 July, it was announced that the second and third tests would be moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town.[13]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Details
26 June British & Irish Lions 28–10 Japan Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Match details
3 July Lions 14–56 British & Irish Lions Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg Match details
7 July Sharks 7–54 British & Irish Lions Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg Match details
10 July Sharks 31–71 British & Irish Lions Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria Match details
14 July South Africa A 17–13 British & Irish Lions Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Match details
17 July Stormers 3–49 British & Irish Lions Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Match details
24 July South Africa 17–22 British & Irish Lions Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Match details
31 July South Africa 27–9 British & Irish Lions Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Match details
7 August South Africa 19–16 British & Irish Lions Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Match details

SquadsEdit

LionsEdit

Lions chairman Jason Leonard announced an initial squad of 37 on 6 May 2021, made up of 11 players from England, 10 from Wales, 8 from Ireland and 8 from Scotland.[14]

Prop Andrew Porter withdrew from the squad on 5 June because of a toe injury; he was replaced by Kyle Sinckler.[15]

Rónan Kelleher joined the pre-tour training camp in Jersey to cover for hookers Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie, who had club commitments. Kelleher was not added to the touring squad at the time,[16][17] but was called up to the squad on 14 July.[18]

On 26 June, tour captain Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric withdrew from the tour after being injured against Japan; Adam Beard and Josh Navidi were called up as their replacements.[19] On 14 July, Jones returned to the squad, having overcome his shoulder injury.[20]

On 10 July, Marcus Smith was called up as Finn Russell was injured, with Russell remaining on the tour.[21]

Notes: Ages listed are as of the first tour match on 26 June. Player positions are per the Lions' website.[22] Bold denotes that the player was selected for a previous Lions squad. Italic denotes a player that withdrew from the squad following selection.

Player Position Date of birth (age) National team Club/­province National caps
(Lions caps)
Notes
Luke Cowan-Dickie Hooker (1993-06-20)20 June 1993 (aged 28)   England Exeter Chiefs 31
Jamie George Hooker (1990-10-20)20 October 1990 (aged 30)   England Saracens 59 (3)
Rónan Kelleher Hooker (1998-01-24)24 January 1998 (aged 23)   Ireland Leinster 11 Called up as additional cover
Ken Owens Hooker (1987-01-03)3 January 1987 (aged 34)   Wales Scarlets 82 (2)
Zander Fagerson Prop (1996-01-19)19 January 1996 (aged 25)   Scotland Glasgow Warriors 38
Tadhg Furlong Prop (1992-11-14)14 November 1992 (aged 28)   Ireland Leinster 49 (3)
Wyn Jones Prop (1992-02-26)26 February 1992 (aged 29)   Wales Scarlets 35
Andrew Porter Prop (1996-01-16)16 January 1996 (aged 25)   Ireland Leinster 37 Withdrew due to injury sustained before tour
Kyle Sinckler Prop (1993-03-30)30 March 1993 (aged 28)   England Bristol Bears 47 (3) Replaced Andrew Porter
Rory Sutherland Prop (1992-08-24)24 August 1992 (aged 28)   Scotland Edinburgh 16
Mako Vunipola Prop (1991-01-14)14 January 1991 (aged 30)   England Saracens 67 (6)
Adam Beard Second row (1996-01-07)7 January 1996 (aged 25)   Wales Ospreys 25 Replaced Alun Wyn Jones
Tadhg Beirne Second row (1992-01-08)8 January 1992 (aged 29)   Ireland Munster 22
Iain Henderson Second row (1992-02-21)21 February 1992 (aged 29)   Ireland Ulster 63
Jonny Hill Second row (1994-06-08)8 June 1994 (aged 27)   England Exeter Chiefs 9
Maro Itoje Second row (1994-10-28)28 October 1994 (aged 26)   England Saracens 48 (3)
Alun Wyn Jones (c) Second row (1985-09-19)19 September 1985 (aged 35)   Wales Ospreys 148 (9) Missed three weeks of the tour due to injury
Courtney Lawes Second row (1989-02-23)23 February 1989 (aged 32)   England Northampton Saints 87 (2)
Jack Conan Back row (1992-07-29)29 July 1992 (aged 28)   Ireland Leinster 20
Tom Curry Back row (1998-06-15)15 June 1998 (aged 23)   England Sale Sharks 33
Taulupe Faletau Back row (1990-11-12)12 November 1990 (aged 30)   Wales Bath 86 (4)
Josh Navidi Back row (1990-12-30)30 December 1990 (aged 30)   Wales Cardiff Blues 28 Replaced Justin Tipuric
Sam Simmonds Back row (1994-11-10)10 November 1994 (aged 26)   England Exeter Chiefs 7
Justin Tipuric Back row (1989-08-06)6 August 1989 (aged 31)   Wales Ospreys 85 (1) Withdrew due to injury sustained during tour
Hamish Watson Back row (1991-10-15)15 October 1991 (aged 29)   Scotland Edinburgh 41
Gareth Davies Scrum-half (1990-08-18)18 August 1990 (aged 30)   Wales Scarlets 62
Conor Murray (c) Scrum-half (1989-04-20)20 April 1989 (aged 32)   Ireland Munster 89 (5) Replaced Alun Wyn Jones as tour captain[23]
Ali Price Scrum-half (1993-05-12)12 May 1993 (aged 28)   Scotland Glasgow Warriors 42
Dan Biggar Fly-half (1989-10-16)16 October 1989 (aged 31)   Wales Northampton Saints 92
Owen Farrell Fly-half (1991-09-24)24 September 1991 (aged 29)   England Saracens 93 (4)
Finn Russell Fly-half (1992-09-23)23 September 1992 (aged 28)   Scotland Racing 92 55
Marcus Smith Fly-half (1999-02-14)14 February 1999 (aged 22)   England Harlequins 2 Called up as injury cover for Finn Russell
Bundee Aki Centre (1990-04-07)7 April 1990 (aged 31)   Ireland Connacht 31
Elliot Daly Centre (1992-10-08)8 October 1992 (aged 28)   England Saracens 52 (3)
Chris Harris Centre (1990-12-28)28 December 1990 (aged 30)   Scotland Gloucester 28
Robbie Henshaw Centre (1993-06-12)12 June 1993 (aged 28)   Ireland Leinster 52
Josh Adams Wing (1995-04-21)21 April 1995 (aged 26)   Wales Cardiff Blues 32
Louis Rees-Zammit Wing (2001-02-02)2 February 2001 (aged 20)   Wales Gloucester 9
Duhan van der Merwe Wing (1995-06-04)4 June 1995 (aged 26)   Scotland Edinburgh 10
Anthony Watson Wing (1994-02-26)26 February 1994 (aged 27)   England Bath 51 (3)
Stuart Hogg Full back (1992-06-24)24 June 1992 (aged 29)   Scotland Exeter Chiefs 85
Liam Williams Full back (1991-04-09)9 April 1991 (aged 30)   Wales Scarlets 71 (3)

Management and staffEdit

Reported candidates to coach the 2021 Lions included Warren Gatland, Eddie Jones, Gregor Townsend, Joe Schmidt, Dai Young and Mark McCall.[24] Gatland was announced as the head coach on 12 June 2019.[25]

On 13 April 2021, Gatland announced his coaching team, including Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend as attack coach, Scotland defence coach Steve Tandy, Leinster forwards coach Robin McBryde and Wales kicking coach Neil Jenkins. This was the sixth tour for Jenkins (two as a player, four as a coach), for Townsend, Tandy and McBryde this is their first Lions tour as coaches.[26]

Role Name
Management
Chief executive Steve Brown
Managing director Ben Calveley
Chairman/Team manager Jason Leonard
Coaches
Role Name Union/Club
Head coach   Warren Gatland   Chiefs
Assistant coach (attack)   Gregor Townsend   Scotland
Assistant coach (forwards)   Robin McBryde   Leinster
Assistant coach (defence)   Steve Tandy   Scotland
Assistant coach (kicking)   Neil Jenkins   Wales
Performance staff
Head of medical Prabhat Mathema   Wales
Doctor Dr Geoff Davies   Wales
Doctor Dr Ciaran Cosgrove   Ireland
Physiotherapist Bob Stewart   England
Physiotherapist John Miles   Wales
Soft tissue therapist Ann-Marie Birmingham   England
Soft tissue therapist Hanlie Fouche   Wales
Head of strength & conditioning Paul Stridgeon   Wales
Strength & conditioning coach Jon Clarke   England
Strength & conditioning coach Huw Bennett   Wales
Sports scientist Brian Cunniffe English Institute of Sport
Head of analysis Rhodri Bown   Wales
Analyst Vinny Hammond   Ireland
Analyst Marc Kinnaird   Wales
Analyst Gavin Vaughan   Scotland

South AfricaEdit

On 5 June, South Africa named a 46-man squad for their two-test series against Georgia and the three tests against the British & Irish Lions.[27]

On 10 July, Lizo Gqoboka and Fez Mbatha were added to the squad as COVID-19 cover.[28]

Coaching team:[29]

Note: Ages, caps and clubs as of first test match on 24 July 2021.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Joseph Dweba Hooker (1995-10-25)25 October 1995 (aged 25) 0   Bordeaux Bègles
Malcolm Marx Hooker (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 (aged 27) 34   Kubota Spears
Fez Mbatha Hooker (1999-08-02)2 August 1999 (aged 21) 0   Sharks
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker (1991-01-07)7 January 1991 (aged 30) 37   Stormers
Scarra Ntubeni Hooker (1991-02-18)18 February 1991 (aged 30) 1   Stormers
Thomas du Toit Prop (1995-05-05)5 May 1995 (aged 26) 12   Sharks
Lizo Gqoboka Prop (1990-03-24)24 March 1990 (aged 31) 2   Bulls
Steven Kitshoff Prop (1992-02-10)10 February 1992 (aged 29) 48   Stormers
Vincent Koch Prop (1990-03-13)13 March 1990 (aged 31) 21   Saracens
Frans Malherbe Prop (1991-03-14)14 March 1991 (aged 30) 39   Stormers
Ox Nché Prop (1995-07-23)23 July 1995 (aged 26) 2   Sharks
Trevor Nyakane Prop (1989-05-04)4 May 1989 (aged 32) 43   Bulls
Coenie Oosthuizen Prop (1989-03-22)22 March 1989 (aged 32) 30   Sale Sharks
Lood de Jager Lock (1992-12-17)17 December 1992 (aged 28) 45   Sale Sharks
Eben Etzebeth Lock (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 29) 86   Toulon
Nico Janse van Rensburg Lock (1994-05-06)6 May 1994 (aged 27) 0   Montpellier
Franco Mostert Lock (1990-11-27)27 November 1990 (aged 30) 40   Honda Heat
Marvin Orie Lock (1993-06-02)2 June 1993 (aged 27) 4   Stormers
RG Snyman Lock (1995-01-29)29 January 1995 (aged 26) 23   Munster
Dan du Preez Loose forward (1995-08-05)5 August 1995 (aged 26) 4   Sale Sharks
Jean-Luc du Preez Loose forward (1995-08-05)5 August 1995 (aged 25) 13   Sale Sharks
Pieter-Steph du Toit Loose forward (1992-08-20)20 August 1992 (aged 28) 56   Stormers
Rynhardt Elstadt Loose forward (1989-12-20)20 December 1989 (aged 31) 2   Toulouse
Siya Kolisi (c) Loose forward (1991-06-16)16 June 1991 (aged 30) 51   Sharks
Kwagga Smith Loose forward (1996-06-11)11 June 1996 (aged 25) 7   Yamaha Júbilo
Marco van Staden Loose forward (1995-08-25)25 August 1995 (aged 25) 3   Bulls
Duane Vermeulen Loose forward (1986-07-03)3 July 1986 (aged 35) 54   Bulls
Jasper Wiese Loose forward (1995-10-21)21 October 1995 (aged 25) 1   Leicester Tigers
Faf de Klerk Scrum-half (1991-10-19)19 October 1991 (aged 29) 30   Sale Sharks
Herschel Jantjies Scrum-half (1996-04-22)22 April 1996 (aged 25) 11   Stormers
Sanele Nohamba Scrum-half (1999-01-19)19 January 1999 (aged 22) 0   Sharks
Cobus Reinach Scrum-half (1990-02-07)7 February 1990 (aged 31) 15   Montpellier
Elton Jantjies Fly-half (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 30) 38   Pau
Handré Pollard Fly-half (1994-03-11)11 March 1994 (aged 27) 49   Montpellier
Morné Steyn Fly-half (1984-07-11)11 July 1984 (aged 37) 66   Bulls
Lukhanyo Am Centre (1993-11-28)28 November 1993 (aged 27) 15   Sharks
Damian de Allende Centre (1991-11-25)25 November 1991 (aged 29) 47   Munster
Jesse Kriel Centre (1994-02-15)15 February 1994 (aged 27) 47   Canon Eagles
Wandisile Simelane Centre (1998-03-21)21 March 1998 (aged 23) 0   Lions
François Steyn Centre (1987-05-14)14 May 1987 (aged 34) 68   Cheetahs
Cheslin Kolbe Wing (1993-10-28)28 October 1993 (aged 27) 14   Toulouse
Makazole Mapimpi Wing (1990-07-26)26 July 1990 (aged 30) 14   Sharks
Sbu Nkosi Wing (1996-01-21)21 January 1996 (aged 25) 11   Sharks
Yaw Penxe Wing (1997-04-03)3 April 1997 (aged 24) 0   Sharks
Rosko Specman Wing (1989-04-28)28 April 1989 (aged 32) 1   Cheetahs
Aphelele Fassi Fullback (1998-01-23)23 January 1998 (aged 23) 1   Sharks
Willie le Roux Fullback (1989-08-18)18 August 1989 (aged 31) 62   Toyota Verblitz
Damian Willemse Fullback (1998-05-07)7 May 1998 (aged 23) 7   Stormers

MatchesEdit

British & Irish Lions v JapanEdit

The Lions began their 2021 tour with their first ever match in Scotland. Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones was substituted in the 7th minute after suffering a dislocated shoulder that seemed to rule him out of the tour. The Lions went 21–0 up in the first 23 minutes, through tries from Josh Adams, Duhan van der Merwe and Robbie Henshaw, all converted by Dan Biggar, but also lost flanker Justin Tipuric to a shoulder injury in the 21st minute. Tadhg Beirne added a fourth try after half-time, again converted by Biggar to make it 28–0. Japan responded with a try by Kazuki Himeno after 58 minutes, converted by Yu Tamura, who also kicked a penalty with 12 minutes to go to make the final score 28–10.[30]

26 June 2021
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
British & Irish Lions 28–10   Japan
Try: Adams 11' c
Van der Merwe 17' c
Henshaw 22' c
Beirne 48' c
Con: Biggar (4/4) 13', 18', 23', 48'
Report Try: Himeno 58' c
Con: Tamura (1/1) 60'
Pen: Tamura (1/2) 68'

Lions v British & Irish LionsEdit

3 July 2021
18:00 SAST (UTC+02)
Lions 14–56 British & Irish Lions
Try: V. Tshituka 34' c
Maxwane 43' c
Con: Hendrikse (2/2) 35', 44'
Report Try: Rees-Zammit 3' c
H. Watson 6' c
Price 32' c
Adams (4) 41' c, 53' c, 67' c, 71' c
Davies 65' c
Con: Farrell (8/8) 4', 7', 33', 41', 55', 66', 68', 72'

Sharks v British & Irish LionsEdit

7 July 2021
20:00 SAST (UTC+02)
Sharks 7–54 British & Irish Lions
Try: Venter 50' c
Con: Bosch (1/1) 50'
Report Try: Adams (3) 2' c, 56' c, 77' c
Van der Merwe (3) 6' c, 25' m, 73' c
Aki 38' c
Rees-Zammit 60' c
Con: Farrell (3/4) 3', 6', 40'
Russell (4/4) 57', 61', 74', 79'

Sharks v British & Irish LionsEdit

10 July 2021
18:00 SAST (UTC+02)
Sharks 31–71 British & Irish Lions
Try: Volmink (2) 10' c, 35' c
Abrahams 14' m
Hendrikse 23' c
Kok 52' m
Con: Cronjé (3/5) 11', 24', 36'
Report Try: Harris 4' c
George (2) 20' m, 54' c
Van der Merwe 25' c
Beirne (2) 38' c, 63' c
Conan 47' m
Daly 50' c
A. Watson (2) 58' c, 79' m
Curry 66' c
Con: Biggar (8/10) 5', 26', 39', 51', 55', 58', 64', 66'

South Africa A v British & Irish LionsEdit

14 July 2021
20:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa A   17–13 British & Irish Lions
Try: Nkosi 12' c
Am 31' c
Con: Steyn (2/2) 13', 33'
Pen: Steyn (1/2) 5'
Report Try: Jones 43' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 44'
Pen: Farrell (2/2) 27', 50'

Stormers v British & Irish LionsEdit

17 July 2021
18:00 SAST (UTC+02)
Stormers 3–49 British & Irish Lions
Pen: Swiel (1/1) 19'
Report Try: Beard 27' c
Cowan-Dickie 33' c
Hill 40' c
Conan 49' c
Fagerson 67' c
Rees-Zammit 73' c
Simmonds 77' c
Con: Smith (7/7) 28', 34', 40', 50', 68', 75', 78'

South Africa v British & Irish Lions (first test)Edit

24 July 2021
18:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   17–22 British & Irish Lions
Try: De Klerk 49' m
Pen: Pollard (4/5) 13', 17', 26', 30'
Report Try: Cowan-Dickie 43' c
Con: Biggar (1/1) 44'
Pen: Biggar (4/5) 19', 52', 55', 62'
Farrell (1/1) 78'
FB 15 Willie le Roux   66'
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard   70'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   73'
N8 8 Kwagga Smith   63'
BF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)
RL 5 Franco Mostert   62'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Trevor Nyakane   40'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   40'
LP 1 Ox Nché   40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   40'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   40'
PR 18 Frans Malherbe   40'
LK 19 Lood de Jager   62'
FL 20 Rynhardt Elstadt   63'
SH 21 Herschel Jantjies   73'
FH 22 Elton Jantjies   70'
FB 23 Damian Willemse   66'
Coach:
  Jacques Nienaber
 
FB 15   Stuart Hogg
RW 14   Anthony Watson
OC 13   Elliot Daly   64'   66'
IC 12   Robbie Henshaw
LW 11   Duhan van der Merwe   70'
FH 10   Dan Biggar   66'
SH 9   Ali Price   63'
N8 8   Jack Conan
OF 7   Tom Curry   56'
BF 6   Courtney Lawes   72'
RL 5   Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4   Maro Itoje
TP 3   Tadhg Furlong   66'
HK 2   Luke Cowan-Dickie   56'
LP 1   Rory Sutherland   56'
Replacements:
HK 16   Ken Owens   56'
PR 17   Mako Vunipola   56'
PR 18   Kyle Sinckler   66'
LK 19   Tadhg Beirne   72'
FL 20   Hamish Watson   56'
SH 21   Conor Murray   63'
FH 22   Owen Farrell   64'
FB 23   Liam Williams   70'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Player of the Match:
Maro Itoje (British & Irish Lions)[38]

Assistant referees:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa) [d]

Notes:

South Africa v British & Irish Lions (second test)Edit

31 July 2021
18:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   27–9 British & Irish Lions
Try: Mapimpi 44' m
Am 60' c
Con: Pollard (1/2) 61'
Pen: Pollard (5/6) 3', 31', 70', 75', 80'
Report Pen: Biggar (3/4) 9', 16', 36'
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe   24' to 34'
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi   67'
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   63'
N8 8 Jasper Wiese   55'
BF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit   21'
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   72'
RL 5 Franco Mostert
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   55'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   55'
LP 1 Steven Kitshoff   59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   55'
PR 17 Trevor Nyakane   59'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   55'
LK 19 Lood de Jager   55'
FL 20 Marco van Staden   72'
FL 21 Kwagga Smith   21'
SH 22 Herschel Jantjies   63'
FB 23 Damian Willemse   67'
Coach:
  Jacques Nienaber
 
FB 15   Stuart Hogg
RW 14   Anthony Watson
OC 13   Chris Harris   61'
IC 12   Robbie Henshaw
LW 11   Duhan van der Merwe   22' to 32'
FH 10   Dan Biggar   57'
SH 9   Conor Murray   57'
N8 8   Jack Conan   59'
OF 7   Tom Curry
BF 6   Courtney Lawes   70'
RL 5   Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4   Maro Itoje
TP 3   Tadhg Furlong   55'
HK 2   Luke Cowan-Dickie   55'
LP 1   Mako Vunipola   55'
Replacements:
HK 16   Ken Owens   55'
PR 17   Rory Sutherland   55'
PR 18   Kyle Sinckler   55'
LK 19   Tadhg Beirne   70'
N8 20   Taulupe Faletau   59'
SH 21   Ali Price   57'
FH 22   Owen Farrell   57'
CE 23   Elliot Daly   61'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Player of the Match:
Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa)[41]

Assistant referees:
Nic Berry (Australia)
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

South Africa v British & Irish Lions (third test)Edit

7 August 2021
18:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   19–16 British & Irish Lions
Try: Kolbe 55' c
Con: Pollard (1/1) 56'
Pen: Pollard (2/4) 11', 35'
Steyn (2/2) 66', 78'
Report Try: Owens 18' c
Con: Russell (1/1) 20'
Pen: Russell (3/3) 16', 62', 74'
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
FB 15 Willie le Roux   68'
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard   64'
SH 9 Cobus Reinach   63'
N8 8 Jasper Wiese   62'
BF 7 Franco Mostert   12' to 20'
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   55'   62'
RL 5 Lood de Jager   52'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   55'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   55'
LP 1 Steven Kitshoff   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   55'
PR 17 Trevor Nyakane   60'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   55'
FL 19 Marco van Staden   55'
FL 20 Kwagga Smith   12'   20'   52'
SH 21 Herschel Jantjies   63'
FH 22 Morné Steyn   64'
FB 23 Damian Willemse   68'
Coach:
  Jacques Nienaber
 
FB 15   Liam Williams
RW 14   Josh Adams
OC 13   Robbie Henshaw
IC 12   Bundee Aki
LW 11   Duhan van der Merwe
FH 10   Dan Biggar   10'
SH 9   Ali Price   58'
N8 8   Jack Conan   60'
OF 7   Tom Curry
BF 6   Courtney Lawes
RL 5   Alun Wyn Jones (c)   60'
LL 4   Maro Itoje
TP 3   Tadhg Furlong   58'
HK 2   Ken Owens   53'
LP 1   Wyn Jones   43'
Replacements:
HK 16   Luke Cowan-Dickie   53'
PR 17   Mako Vunipola   43'
PR 18   Kyle Sinckler   58'
LK 19   Adam Beard   60'
N8 20   Sam Simmonds   60'
SH 21   Conor Murray   58'
FH 22   Finn Russell   10'
CE 23   Elliot Daly
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Player of the Match:
Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)[citation needed]

Assistant referees:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Murray replaced Jones as tour captain after Jones was injured.
  2. ^ Gatland was also an assistant coach in 2009, making this his fourth tour.
  3. ^ South Africa's director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, coached the South Africa A side in the absence of head coach Jacques Nienaber, who was in isolation after contracting COVID-19.[36]
  4. ^ Replaced New Zealand's Brendon Pickerill for the full test series after Pickerill was unable to travel due to COVID restrictions.[39]

ReferencesEdit

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