No Olympics Clash with Lions Series

02 Apr 2020

The British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa in July 2021 will not be shifted, despite a direct overlap with the new dates for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The rearranged Olympics will run from 23 July to 8 August 2021, which overlaps with the test series between the Springboks and the Lions.

However, the Lions tests are understood to be early evening kick-offs, which will be early morning in Tokyo.

The eagerly-anticipated series starts on 24 July at Soccer City in Johannesburg, before showdowns in Cape Town on 31 July and at Emirates Airline Park on 7 August.

Another issue to consider is that the clash in dates will narrow the options for the Springbok Sevens side that will compete in Japan, with the likes of wing Cheslin Kolbe otherwise occupied with the 15-man game.

Other players such as loose-forward Kwagga Smith and centre Ruhan Nel, who might have hoped to make both teams, will now have to make a choice.

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