Murrayfield to host Lions versus Japan Test match next June

First ever match between the famous touring side and Japan will be played ahead of the 2021 tour of South Africa

Murrayfield Stadium Image: © Craig Watson -
Murrayfield Stadium Image: © Craig Watson -

THE BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS will play a warm-up Test match ahead of the 2021 tour to South Africa at Murrayfield Stadium, against Japan on Saturday 26th June.

This will be first-ever clash between the touring side and the Brave Blossoms with the two teams competing for the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup. It will be only the third Lions Test match on ‘home’ soil, following games in Cardiff against Argentina in 2005 and against a Rest of the World XV in 1986.

“One of our objectives is to give Warren [Gatland] and the playing squad as much meaningful preparation as possible before departing on Tour, so we are delighted to have agreed this fixture,” said Ben Calveley, Managing Director of The British & Irish Lions.

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“A Lions Test is one of the most iconic events in world sport, but a huge number of fans from the Home Nations never get the chance to see one live. The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup match will give even more supporters the opportunity to be part of the next chapter in Lions history.

“It will be an ‘I was there’ moment, against an entertaining and highly-respected opposition.”

  • Tickets for the historic fixture go on pre-sale on Tuesday 3 November, with supporters able to register their interest HERE..
  • Vodafone customers will be able to benefit from access to tickets and giveaways via the VeryMe loyalty programme.
  • Tickets will also be available to all 2020-21 NEVIS membership holders during a special 72-hour pre-sale window, from Wednesday 4th November to 10am on Saturday 7 November. Click here for ticketing FAQs

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  1. I hate the Lions. Hopefully they’ll lose every game. It would be fantastic to see a completely empty Murrayfield. The least we can do is send them off with a resounding hostile indifference.

  2. Meh. Suppose it will get a few quid in the coffers. Here’s hoping for no serious injuries, ridiculously high ticket prices and a sell-out.

  3. Congratulations to all those involved in bringing such a prestigious game to BT Murrayfield. It’s a real boost to the game in Scotland. Let’s hope we have a few representatives in the B&I squad. 🐻


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