The British and Irish Lions will play the first test of their 2021 three-match series in South Africa at the giant Soccer City stadium in front of what is likely to be a record-breaking crowd against the newly crowned rugby world champions.

Lions supporters in New Zealand

 

The match will be played on 24 July of that year, with the second test to be staged at the Cape Town Stadium a week later.

The third game is scheduled to be back on the Highveld at the Springboks’ traditional fortress of Ellis Park in Johannesburg on 7 August.

The record attendance for a single Lions test is 84,188 in Australia in 2001, but should be surpassed at Soccer City, which was the venue for the final of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

A total of 94,713 came to watch the Boks play New Zealand at the venue just months after the end of the football showpiece.

The combined capacity of the venues for the three tests is a shade under 205,000, with the expected sell-out attendances to therefore surpass the 192,972 spectators who watched the 2013 visit to Australia.

The Lions will open their tour with a series of warm-up matches, starting against Super Rugby side the Stormers in Cape Town on 3 July.

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