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

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Owen Farrell shakes hands with CJ Stander - GETTY IMAGES
Owen Farrell shakes hands with CJ Stander - GETTY IMAGES

What is it?

The fourth match of the British & Irish Lions' tour of South Africa against a Springboks 'A' side in Mbombela.

It is the fourth of five warm-up games in South Africa before the three-Test series against the Springboks - and the second midweek fixture - 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?

Wednesday, July 14.

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 South Africa A
British & Irish Lions Tour 2021: Pick your Lions team to face South Africa A

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?

Make no bones about it, a South Africa A side will be a formidable outfit. Think on a par with the Maori All Blacks. These players are on the cusp of breaking into the full Springbok team and would love nothing more than to claim the scalp of the Lions and push their own Test selection claims. This is also a chance for Gatland to give his strongest 23 a run-out against tough opposition. Win or lose, lessons will be learned.

Predicted score: Lions 25 South Africa A 20