Lions vs South Africa live stream: how to watch the Springboks Tests online

The British & Irish Lions face South Africa this Saturday at Cape Town Stadium. The Lions won their final warm-up watch but the first of three Tests against the Springboks will prove a much tougher challenge. Rugby fans: make sure you know how to watch a Lions vs South Africa live stream from anywhere in the world.

The team news is in and Alun Wyn Jones will captain the Lions, having recovered from a dislocated shoulder. Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) claims his fourth successive Lions Test cap and scrum-half Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) joins No.10 Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) after impressing last week. In a shock move, Josh Adams has been left out of the side after an "emotional week".

Lions vs South Africa live stream

Date: Saturday 24th July 2021

Start time: 5pm BST

Venue: Cape Town Stadium

US stream: Peacock (7-day free trial) 

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AUS stream: Stan (7-day free trial)

UK stream: Now (£10/day)

Meanwhile, Siya Kolisi has recovered from Covid-19 in time to skipper the Springboks. Handre Pollard (fly-half) wins his 50th cap; Makazole Mapimpi (wing), Bongi Mbonambi (hooker) and Ox Nche (loosehead) also get the nod. Kwagga Smith starts at No 8.

Lions head coach Gatland has praised his squad's "intensity" in training:

"There is a lot at stake for both sides and we have to make sure we bring that physicality, but a controlled physicality... In 2009 there were a lot of guys running in, pushing and shoving – we addressed that as a squad and said that we wouldn’t take any more of it."

"It’s being smart about how we approach and manage that and being aware when we do get opportunities and have time on the ball," added Gatland. "Those opportunities to counter attack and move, those are things we’ve been working hard on."

The Lions lost just one of their five warm-up matches – against a South Africa 'A' side that bears a striking resemblance to the Springboks. Indeed, nine of the South Africa 'A' XV will start Saturday's Cape Town clash.

"We have been looking forward to these matches since the Rugby World Cup concluded and we have done our homework, so it is a case of doing everything at 100 per cent and sticking to our structures," said Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber.

Rugby fans in the US can stream the 2021 British & Irish Lions' first Test on Peacock TV for only $4.99 a month (you even get a 7-day free trial). Make sure you know how to watch a Lions vs South Africa live stream, from anywhere in the world.

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Good news: Peacock TV has the rights to stream the 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour in the States and new users get a 7-day free trial. No contract, cancel anytime. It's just about the cheapest way to watch a Lions vs South Africa live stream.

More good news: Stan has the rights to stream the Test in Australia. Subscription to Stan costs AU$10 a month, with the necessary Sport add-on a further $10. New users get a 7-day free trial of the Sport add-on.

Of course, if you're away from home you'll need to use a VPN to access your local streaming service without being geo-blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch the Lions vs South Africa live stream from anywhere using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Lions vs South Africa rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are a doddle to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

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Watch a Lions vs South Africa live stream in the USA

NBC Sports has the exclusive rights to show the British & Irish Lions Tour 2021 in the United States. The network will stream this Saturday's Lions vs South Africa clash live on Peacock TV. Premium subscription costs $4.99 a month (or $9.99 commercial-free). That's a bargain when you compare it to the price that UK fans pay. Better yet, new users get a 7-day free trial.

Remember, you'll need to use a VPN to access Peacock if you're away from the US during the Lions tour.

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Watch Lions vs South Africa live stream in Australia

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If you're prepared for some early morning starts you can get a Lions vs South Africa live stream on Stan.

The Aussie streaming service costs $10 a month, plus you'll need the Sport add-on at an additional $20 a month. But – good news – the Sport add-on is free for the first 7 days.

Remember, you'll need to use a VPN to access Stan if you're away from the Oz this summer.

Watch a Lions vs South Africa live stream in the UK

Sky Sports has the rights to the British & Irish Lions' eight-match tour of South Africa. Here are the best Sky TV deals.

Even without a full Sky subscription, though, fans can enjoy a Lions vs South Africa live stream with a Now day pass (£9.99) or monthly pass (£33.99). Make sure you've got your VPN handy if you're stuck abroad.

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Watch a Lions vs South Africa live stream in South Africa

As ever, SuperSport is the place to watch the British & Irish Lions Tour in South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The African online sports channel will broadcast the games via its DStv satellite platform in South Africa. You can sign up to DStv here. Failing that, head to any local sports bar to watch the Springboks in action.

One of the biggest African online sports channels, DStv also shows live FA Cup, Champions League, La Liga as well as rugby, tennis, golf, motorsport and cricket.

British and Irish Lions Tour 2021 fixtures

03/07/2021 (warm-up match)
British & Irish Lions vs Sigma Lions live stream – Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick off: 5pm BST  

07/07/2021 (warm-up match)
Cell C Sharks vs British & Irish Lions – Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick off: 7pm BST

10/07/2021 (warm-up match)
Cell C Sharks vs British & Irish Lions – Pretoria Loftus Versfeld
Kick off: 5pm BST

14/07/2021 (warm-up match)
South Africa ‘A’ vs British & Irish Lions  – Cape Town Stadium
Kick off: 7pm BST

17/07/2021 (warm-up match)
DHL Stormers vs British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium
Kick off: 5pm BST

24/07/2021 - 1st Test
Springboks vs British & Irish Lions – 1st Test, Cape Town Stadium
Kick off: 5pm BST

31/07/2021 – 2nd Test
Springboks vs British & Irish Lions - 2nd Test, Johannesburg FNB Stadium
Kick off: 5pm BST

07/08/2021 – 3rd Test
Springboks vs British & Irish Lions - 3rd Test Johannesburg FNB Stadium
Kick off: 5pm BST

British and Irish Lions squad for 2021

Tadhg Beirne (Ire), Jack Conan (Ire), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Eng), Tom Curry (Eng), Zander Fagerson (Sco), Taulupe Faletau (Wal), Tadhg Furlong (Ire), Jamie George (Eng), Iain Henderson (Ire), Jonny Hill (Eng), Maro Itoje (Eng), Wyn Jones (Wal), Courtney Lawes (Eng), Ken Owens (Wal), Sam Simmonds (Eng), Kyle Sinckler (Eng)*, Rory Sutherland (Sco), Justin Tipuric (Wal), Mako Vunipola (Eng), Hamish Watson (Sco),  Josh Adams (Wal), Bundee Aki (Ire), Dan Biggar (Wal), Elliot Daly (Eng), Gareth Davies (Wal), Owen Farrell (Eng), Chris Harris (Sco), Robbie Henshaw (Ire), Stuart Hogg (Sco), Conor Murray (Ire), Ali Price (Sco), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wal), Finn Russell (Sco), Duhan van der Merwe (Sco), Anthony Watson (Eng), Liam Williams (Wal).

British and Irish Lions Tour history & facts

'BIL' is the cuddly Lion mascot that travels everywhere with the British & Irish Lions. The youngest member of the squad is tasked with looking after BIL and must not let him out of their sight under any circumstances. In 2017, it was Maro Itoje’s turn. He promptly lost BIL and faced a number of 'forfeits'. BIL later turned up unharmed.

1971 is often called "The Greatest Ever Tour". Barry John won superstar status with the range of his kicking repertoire and the manner in which he ghosted through the opponent's defence. The Legendary Welsh fly-half's 188 points remains a Lions record for one Tour. Now aged 76, he still can't go into a pub without being recognised.

The historic first ever Lions Tour took place in Otago, New Zealand. The tourists won 8-3 in front of a crowd of some 10,000 fans. There followed a further 18 games in New Zealand and 16 in Australia. 19 Victorian Rules (now called Aussie Rules) matches were also played to pay for the cost of the Tour. 

Since that first tour in 1888, 835 players have represented the British & Irish Lions. From Jack Anderton in 1988 (cap number 1) to Finn Russell in 2017 (cap number 835), every player has made their mark on Lions history. Overall, the Lions have played 117 matches, winning 47, losing 59 and drawing 11.

The British and Irish Lions 2021 tour opener against Japan will be played in front of 16,500 fans in Edinburgh after plans were signed off by the Scottish government. Expect a sea of red.

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