Lions v Stormers, 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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Lions fans cheer on their team - GETTY IMAGES
Lions fans cheer on their team - GETTY IMAGES

What is it?

The opening match of the British & Irish Lions' tour of South Africa against Super Rugby side the Stormers in Cape Town.

It is the first 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 3.

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

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?

This is the first time Gatland will have been able to select from a full-strength Lions squad, with the England-based players absent from the warm-up game against Japan due to the Premiership final fixture clash. It's likely the Stormers will be without their Springbok contingent, but they will be a powerful force nonetheless.

Predicted score: Lions 23 Stormers 9