Lions v Sharks, 2021 tour in South Africa: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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A Lions fan in a lion costume - REUTERS
A Lions fan in a lion costume - REUTERS

What is it?

The third match of the British & Irish Lions' tour of South Africa against Super Rugby side the Sharks in Durban.

It is the third of five warm-up games in South Africa before the three-Test series against the Springboks and has extra importance for head coach Warren Gatland given that the SA tour has been shortened by two games from the one in New Zealand in 2017.

When is it?

Saturday, July 10.

What time is kick-off?

7pm GMT.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Rugby.

Lions Tour 2021 full fixtures

  • Saturday, June 26... Japan... Murrayfield... Sky Sports... KO TBC

  • Saturday July 3... Stormers... Cape Town... Sky Sports... KO 7pm

  • Wednesday, July 7... South Africa Invitational... Port Elizabeth... Sky Sports... KO 7pm

  • Saturday, July 10... Sharks... Durban... Sky Sports... KO 7pm

  • Wednesday, July 14... South Africa A... Mbombela... Sky Sports... KO 7pm

  • Saturday, July 17... Bulls... Pretoria... Sky Sports... KO 7pm

  • Saturday, July 24... South Africa... Johannesburg... Sky Sports... KO 7pm

  • Saturday, July 31... South Africa... Cape Town... Sky Sports... KO 7pm

  • Saturday, August 7... South Africa... Johannesburg... Sky Sports... KO 7pm

What is the team news?

To be confirmed.

Why not put yourself in Gatland's shoes and pick your Lions 23 with our team builder below (with apologies if anyone you want to select is missing)...

British & Irish Lions Tour 2021: Pick your Lions team to face Sharks
British & Irish Lions Tour 2021: Pick your Lions team to face Sharks

How previous Lions squads have looked

Lions squads
Lions squads

What have we said about the 2021 Lions tour?

What are the odds?

What's our prediction?

By now Gatland will be getting a clearer picture of what his strongest 23 is. However, with a big midweek fixture against South Africa A on Wednesday, he may want to keep his powder dry and hold back his big-match beasts and go with a more experimental line-up against the Sharks. This game could be a banana skin.

Predicted score: Lions 18 Sharks 16