The final TWO tests of the British and Irish Lions against South Africa will be played in Cape Town

The final TWO tests of the British and Irish Lions against South Africa will be played in Cape Town rather than Johannesburg to reduce the risk of more Covid outbreaks in both camps

  • The Lions will face South Africa on Saturday in the opener at the Cape Town Stadium
  • After Saturday’s test, the tour was scheduled to move to Johannesburg
  • However, the severity of the Covid pandemic in Gauteng has forced a reconsideration

The British and Irish Lions are playing the final two Tests of their series against South Africa in Cape Town to reduce the risk of both sides facing new outbreaks of the coronavirus.

After Saturday’s opener at Cape Town Stadium, the tour was scheduled to move to Johannesburg for the remaining games.

However, the severity of the pandemic in Gauteng, where the Delta variant is causing escalating problems, has forced a reconsideration in collaboration with medical experts.

The British and Irish Lions open their series against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday

Cape Town Stadium will host all three Tests between the Lions and the Springboks

Cape Town Stadium will host all three Tests between the Lions and the Springboks

SA Rugby chief Jurie Roux said: ‘The data only pointed in one direction. The series has already been significantly disrupted by Covid-19 and a return to Gauteng at this point would only increase the risks.

“We now have two teams in bio-secure environments with no positive cases or anyone isolated.

“To return to the Highveld now would expose the series to renewed risk.

“Everyone wants the two teams, at their strongest, to play an unforgettable run over the next three weekends and this decision gives us the best chance of seeing that happen.”

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