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British and Irish Lions live stream: how to watch Lions vs Springboks, 1st Test

British and Irish Lions live stream: how to watch Lions vs Springboks
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The British and Irish Lions face South Africa in the first of three Tests this Saturday. Having DHL Stormers in the final warm-up match, Warran Gatland's side will be targeting another hard-won victory at Cape Town Stadium. Kick off is 5pm BST on 24th July. Make sure you know how to watch a British and Irish Lions live stream from anywhere.

British and Irish Lions live stream

Date: 3rd July – 7th August 2021

Venue: Cape Town Stadium, South Africa

US stream: Peacock (7-day free trial)

Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN risk-free today

AUS stream: Stan (7-day free trial)

UK stream: Now (£34/month)

Alun Wyn Jones will captain the Lions, having recovered from a dislocated shoulder. Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) claims his fourth successive Lions Test cap while scrum-half Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) joins No. 10 Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) after impressing during the Lions' defeat of DHL Stormers.

Meanwhile, Siya Kolisi has recovered from Covid-19 in time to skipper the Springboks. Handre Pollard (fly-half) wins his 50th cap; Makazole Mapimpi (wing), Bongi Mbonambi (hooker) and Ox Nche (loosehead) also get get the nod. Kwagga Smith starts at No 8.

"We know what the players selected can do," said head coach Jacques Nienaber. "The fact that most of the players participated in the Rugby World Cup means they know one another well on and off the field."

The three-Test series will be played at the Cape Town Stadium at 5pm BST on three successive Saturdays from 24th July to 7th August. The 2nd and 3rd Test were originally due to be played in Johannesburg but it's hoped the new plan will minimise the risk of any further disruption caused by the pandemic.

The Lions lost the Test series 2-1 back in 2009, but following a series draw against New Zealand in 2017, Warren Gatland's men will have high hopes of repeating their 1997 victory, when big beasts like Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Gregor Townsend endured a brutal tour.

Rugby fans in the US can stream the first Test of the  2021 British & Irish Lions tour on Peacock TV for only $4.99 a month (you even get a 7-day free trial). Make sure you know how to watch a British and Irish Lions live stream from anywhere in the world.

Watch the 2021 British and Irish Lions for free

British and Irish Lions live stream: how to watch Lions vs Springboks: NBCUniversal logo

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Good news: Peacock has the rights to stream the 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour in the States and new users get a 7-day free trial. No contract, cancel anytime. It's the cheapest way to watch the 1st Test.

More good news: Stan has the right to stream the Tour in Australia. Subscription to Stan costs AU$10 a month, the necessary Sport add-on a further $10. However, new users get a 7-day free trial of the Sport add-on.

Of course, if you're away from home you'll need to use a VPN to access your local streaming service without being geo-blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch the British and Irish Lions from anywhere using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2021 British and Irish Lions tour rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are a doddle to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

Watch a British and Irish Lions live stream in the USA

British and Irish Lions live stream: how to watch Lions vs Springboks: Peacock TV logo

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NBC Sports has the exclusive rights to show the British & Irish Lions Tour 2021 in the USA. The network will stream all the action live on its Peacock TV streaming platform. Subscription costs $4.99 a month (or $9.99 commercial-free). That's a bargain when you compare it to the price that UK fans pay. Better yet, new users get a 7-day free trial.

Remember, you'll need to use a VPN to access Peacock if you're away from the US during the Lions tour.

Peacock Premium gets you a British and Irish Lions live stream, an Olympics live stream and Premier League soccer, tons of US boxsets including The Office, and thousands of hit movies such as Apollo 13. At only $4.99 a month, it's an absolute steal.

Watch a British and Irish Lions live stream in Australia

British and Irish Lions live stream: how to watch Lions vs Springboks: Stan Sport

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If you're prepared for some early morning starts you can stream the Lions Tour on Stan.

The Aussie streaming service costs $10 a month, plus you'll need the Sport add-on at an additional $20 a month. But – good news – the Sport add-on is free for the first 7 days.

Remember, you'll need to use a VPN to access Stan if you're away from the Oz this summer.

Watch a British & Irish Lions live stream in the UK

Sky Sports has the rights to the British & Irish Lions' eight-match tour of South Africa. Here are the best Sky TV deals.

Even without a full Sky subscription, though, fans can enjoy British & Irish Lions live stream with a Now day pass (£9.99) or monthly pass (£33.99). Make sure you've got your VPN handy if you're stuck abroad.

Watch a British and Irish Lions live stream in South Africa

As ever, SuperSport is the place to watch the Lions Tour in South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The African online sports channel will broadcast the games via its DStv satellite platform in South Africa. You can sign up to DStv here. Failing that, head to any local sports bar to watch the Springboks in action.

British and Irish Lions Tour 2021 fixtures

03/07/2021
Lions vs British & Irish Lions – Johannesburg Emirates Airline Park
Kick off: 5pm BST  

07/07/2021
Cell C Sharks vs British & Irish Lions – Johannesburg Emirates Airline Park
Kick off: 7pm BST

10/07/2021
Vodacom Bulls vs British & Irish Lions – Pretoria Loftus Versfeld
Kick off: 5pm BST

14/07/2021
South Africa ‘A’ vs British & Irish Lions  – Cape Town Stadium
Kick off: 7pm BST

17/07/2021
DHL Stormers vs British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium
Kick off: 5pm BST

24/07/2021 - 1st Test
Springboks vs British & Irish Lions – 1st Test, Cape Town Stadium
Kick off: 5pm BST

31/07/2021 – 2nd Test
Springboks vs British & Irish Lions - 2nd Test, Cape Town Stadium
Kick off: 5pm BST

07/08/2021 – 3rd Test
Springboks vs British & Irish Lions - 3rd Test, Cape Town Stadium
Kick off: 5pm BST

British and Irish Lions squad for 2021

Tadhg Beirne (Ire), Jack Conan (Ire), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Eng), Tom Curry (Eng), Zander Fagerson (Sco), Taulupe Faletau (Wal), Tadhg Furlong (Ire), Jamie George (Eng), Iain Henderson (Ire), Jonny Hill (Eng), Maro Itoje (Eng), Wyn Jones (Wal), Courtney Lawes (Eng), Ken Owens (Wal), Sam Simmonds (Eng), Kyle Sinckler (Eng)*, Rory Sutherland (Sco), Justin Tipuric (Wal), Mako Vunipola (Eng), Hamish Watson (Sco),  Josh Adams (Wal), Bundee Aki (Ire), Dan Biggar (Wal), Elliot Daly (Eng), Gareth Davies (Wal), Owen Farrell (Eng), Chris Harris (Sco), Robbie Henshaw (Ire), Stuart Hogg (Sco), Conor Murray (Ire), Ali Price (Sco), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wal), Finn Russell (Sco), Duhan van der Merwe (Sco), Anthony Watson (Eng), Liam Williams (Wal).

British and Irish Lions Tour history & facts

1971 is often called "The Greatest Ever Tour". Barry John won superstar status with the range of his kicking repertoire and the manner in which he ghosted through the opponent's defence. The Legendary Welsh fly-half's 188 points remains a Lions record for one Tour. Now aged 76, he still can't go into a pub without being recognised.

The historic first ever Lions Tour took place in Otago, New Zealand. The tourists won 8-3 in front of a crowd of some 10,000 fans. There followed a further 18 games in New Zealand and 16 in Australia. 19 Victorian Rules (now called Aussie Rules) matches were also played to pay for the cost of the Tour. 

Since that first tour in 1888, 835 players have represented the British & Irish Lions. From Jack Anderton in 1988 (cap number 1) to Finn Russell in 2017 (cap number 835), every player has made their mark on Lions history. Overall, the Lions have played 117 matches, winning 47, losing 59 and drawing 11.

'BIL' is the cuddly Lion mascot that travels everywhere with the British & Irish Lions. The youngest member of the squad is tasked with looking after BIL and must not let him out of their sight under any circumstances. In 2017, it was Maro Itoje’s turn. He promptly lost BIL and faced a number of 'forfeits'. Luckily for all concerned, BIL later turned up unharmed.

The British and Irish Lions 2021 tour opener against Japan will be played in front of 16,500 fans in Edinburgh after plans were signed off by the Scottish government. Expect a sea of red.

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