Sun, 09 Aug 2020

Cape Town - English Premiership organisers say they won't change the date for the 2021 final despite it taking place a week before the British & Irish Lions tour starts in South Africa.

The tour itinerary was announced on Wednesday, with the British & Irish Lions to open their account against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday, July 3, 2021.

That's just a week after the Premiership final at Twickenham, and while the PRO14 has already moved its dates, the governing body of English domestic rugby won't follow suit.

Lions coach Warren Gatland had earlier expressed his concern regarding proper preparation for the tour, but Premiership Rugby remains firm in its stance.

The English governing body commented on the matter via a press statement:

Premiership Rugby concluded the statement by wishing the Lions well on their tour to South Africa:

The British & Irish Lions have toured South Africa on 13 previous occasions, with the first Tour taking place in 1891. In that time, the Lions have won four Test series, lost eight and drew one. Their overall record against the Springboks is played 46, won 17, lost 23 and drawn six.

Full British & Irish Lions 2021 tour schedule:

Saturday, July 3: British & Irish Lions v Stormers - Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Wednesday, July 7: British & Irish Lions v SA 'Invitational' - Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Saturday, July 10: British & Irish Lions v Sharks - Kings Park, Durban

Wednesday, July 14: British & Irish Lions v South Africa 'A' - Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Saturday, July 17: British & Irish Lions v Bulls - Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Saturday, July 24 (1st Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions - FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Saturday, July 31 (2nd Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions - Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Saturday, August 7 (3rd Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions - Ellis Park, Johannesburg

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