The British & Irish Lions and SA Rugby have today (Friday) confirmed a revised schedule for the former’s forthcoming tour of South Africa, with all ticket holders for the original schedule to receive a full refund.

All eight matches of the tour will now be played in Gauteng or Cape Town to minimise the risks of disruption that could be caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will now kick off in Gauteng, rather than Cape Town, with three matches against provincial opposition before moving to Cape Town for two more warm-up matches before the first Test at Cape Town Stadium on July 24.

SA Rugby is organising all games in the schedule on the basis they will take place behind closed doors.

It also confirmed that domestic ticket holders will have first right to purchase tickets for the revised schedule if restrictions on attendance at sports events are lifted.

Supporters who have booked ticket-inclusive packages through Lions Rugby Travel and its appointed official sub-agents have been contacted separately with the options available, as have those who had successfully purchased Test match tickets via the Lions ticket ballot. South Africa is currently categorised on the ‘red’ list for COVID-19 by the UK Government. This means that UK residents should not travel to red list countries or territories for leisure purposes.

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