More than 320,000 ticket applications have been made for the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour, which will provide passes to attend the eight matches.

South Africa Rugby has revealed that more than 260,000 users visited the official ticketing website.

Jurie Roux, SA Rugby chief executive, said: “The last couple of months have been challenging as we fought the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was heart-warming to see the interest from South Africans to experience a truly unique tour, which comes around only once every 12 years.

“As we’ve expected, interest in the three Tests was extremely high – they are two to three times oversubscribed – but we are confident that we’ll get as many people as possible into the stadiums.”

Roux stressed that it will be done by a computerised selection process and that supporters who have applied for tickets may not receive everything they have applied for.

He added: “We also know that not everyone will take up the tickets they are issued and there will be a resale phase later on, so all doors are not necessarily closed.

“But we do want to warn fans and discourage them from buying from illicit vendors as those tickets cannot be guaranteed.”

The results of the ballot are set to be emailed to registrants today (Friday).

The 2021 tour is scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 7 at several venues including Cape Town Stadium and FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

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