South Africa Rugby president Mark Alexander has assured local fans they will see improved access to tickets for the British & Irish Lions tour in 2021.

The announcement comes after South Africa’s recent second Test cricket match against England sparked outrage among fans due to the lack of access to tickets and the dominance of English supporters over the five days.

Alexander said, according to the SA Rugby Magazine, that the ticketing process has been structured to provide fair access to the Lions in South Africa.

He said: “The British & Irish Lions are unique in that they are only in South Africa every 12 years. We would never deny our local support the opportunity to purchase tickets and, equally, we want our people to be at the stadium cheering on our world champion Springboks. There will be a sea of red but equally there will be an army of green and gold.”

Fans are encouraged to register online in order to be included in the ballot, which will take place in April, that will determine the ticket allocation.

The 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa will take place between July 3 and August 7.