Lions tour to stay in Cape Town for second and third Tests

The decision not to return to Gauteng was made following extensive consultation with medical experts on the risks associated with the delta variant of COVID-19

The Lions will now play all three of their Tests against South Africa in Cape Town. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
The Lions will now play all three of their Tests against South Africa in Cape Town. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa will not return to Gauteng after Saturday’s first Test, like initially planned, but stay in Cape Town for the second and third Tests instead.

The decision to remain in Cape Town was made following extensive consultation with medical experts on the risks associated with the delta variant of COVID-19.

“The data pointed in only one direction,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “The Series has already been significantly disrupted by COVID-19 and a return to Gauteng at this time would only increase the risks.


Siya Kolisi returns from isolation to lead Springboks in first Lions Test

Lion Zander Fagerson agrees contract extension with Glasgow Warriors

Rory Sutherland in pole position for Lions Test selection


“We now have two teams in bio secure environments without any positive cases or anyone in isolation. To now return to the highveld would expose the Series to renewed risk.

“Everyone wants to see the two squads, at their strongest playing, out an unforgettable Series over the next three weekends and this decision gives us the best opportunity to see that happen.”

Ben Calveley, Managing Director for The British & Irish Lions, added: “We are fully supportive of this decision which we believe to be in the best interest of the Test Series.”


Win £1,000 of rugby kit with Macron Store Edinburgh (Colin Campbell Sports)

About David Barnes 2679 Articles
David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.