British and Irish Lions v Japan 2021 Live The pre-Tour match between British & Irish Lions and Japan kicks off this Saturday, June 26, at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, for the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup.
It is the first-ever clash between the world’s greatest touring side and therefore the Brave Blossoms and can raise the curtain for the Lions’ eagerly-awaited trip to South Africa after it had been confirmed the tour will plow ahead .
Murrayfield will host only the third Lions match game on ‘home’ soil, following games in Cardiff against Argentina in 2005 and a remainder of the planet XV in 1986.
Lions v Japan Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, views the fixture as a crucial opportunity to fast-track preparations for the three-Test series against the Springboks, as long as the tour has already been shortened by two games from the tour of latest Zealand in 2017.
When is it?
Saturday, June 26.
What time is kick-off?
What channel is it on?
Lions v Japan Live coverage of the Lions will return to terrestrial television for the primary time in nearly 30 years with this pre-Tour match game against Japan.
The rest of the tour are going to be on Sky. However, highlights of all three Tests against South Africa are going to be on Channel 4 while All4 will show highlights of ALL the Lions Tour matches.
Lions Tour 2021 full fixtures
Here’s the newest schedule, all BST:
Saturday, June 26 v Japan… Murrayfield… Channel 4… KO 3pm
Saturday, July 3 v Lions… Johannesburg… Sky Sports… KO 5pm
Wednesday, July 7 v Sharks… Johannesburg… Sky Sports… KO 7pm
Saturday, July 10 v Bulls… Pretoria… Sky Sports… KO 5pm
Wednesday, July 14 v South Africa ‘A’… Cape Town… Sky Sports… KO 7pm
Saturday, July 17 v Stormers… Cape Town… Sky Sports… KO 5pm
Saturday, July 24 (1st Test) v South Africa … Cape Town… Sky Sports… KO 5pm
Saturday, July 31 (2nd Test) v South Africa … Johannesburg… Sky Sports… KO 5pm
Saturday, August 7 (3rd Test) v South Africa … Johannesburg… Sky Sports… KO 5pm
What is the newest team news?
The Lions have picked four Scotland internationals to start out Saturday’s historic home international against Japan in Edinburgh.
Lions v Japan Wing Duhan Van Der Merwe, props Rory Sutherland and Zander Fagerson and flanker Hamish Watson will make their Lions debuts during a side led by tour captain Alun Wyn Jones.
Eight players are going to be making their Lions debuts, including an all-new back row of Tadhg Beirne, Watson and Jack Conan, but there’s an experienced half-back combination of Conor Murray and Dan Biggar.
Warren Gatland has chosen a strong centre combination of Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw during a starting XV absent of English representation.
There are four England players on the bench, however, where Owen Farrell and Jamie George provide fly-half and hooker cover respectively despite only arriving into the Lions’ training camp in Jersey on Monday.
How this Lions team looks by club and country
Japan will face the Lions with a squad that has 19 players who helped the Brave Blossoms to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup .
Lions v Japan Head coach Jamie Joseph has announced a 36-man party to play a warm-up match against former Super Rugby team the Sunwolves on June 12 before facing the Lions at Murrayfield on June 26 and Ireland at Dublin on July 3.
The squad, captained by World Cup skipper Michael Leitch, includes 23 capped players with a complete of 476 Test caps. It also contains 16 players who took part within the Japan Top League club final on Sunday, including seven from the champion Panasonic Wild Knights.
Japan are ranked 10th within the world but beat Ireland and Scotland on their thanks to the RWC quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion South Africa .
Forwards: Keita Inagaki, Asaeli Ai Valu, Shinnosuke Kakinaga, Jiwon Koo, Craig Millar, Yukio Morikawa, Atsushi Sakate, Shunta Nakamura, Kosuke Horikoshi, Mark Abbot, Wimpie van der Walt, Uwe Helu, James Moore, Naoki Ozawa, Ben Gunter, Jack Cornelsen, Pieter Labushagne, Michael Leitch (captain), Tevita Tatafu, Amanaki Lelei, Kazuki Himendo
Back: Koki Arai, Naoto Saito, Kaito Shigeno, Yu Tamura, Rikiya Matsuda, Shota Emi, Siosaia Fifita, Semisi Masirewa, Kotaro Matsushima, Lomano Lava Lemeki, Shane Gates, Ryoto Nakamura, Timothy Lafaele, Gerhard vand den Heever, Ryohei Yamanaka.
Lions v Japan Who will referee the match?
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Assistant referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referee: Pierre Brousset (France)
TMO: Eric Gauzins (France)
Lions warm-up fixture to possess 16,500 fans
The Lions have announced that 16,500 supporters are going to be ready to attend the team’s warm-up fixture against Japan, the primary time supporters will have watched a Test at Murrayfield since March 2020.
Owing to the reduced capacity following the appliance of agreed social distancing measures within the stadium, variety of ticketholders will, unfortunately, not be permitted to attend and can be refunded.
Ben Calveley, director of Lions, said: “I am sure it’ll give the whole touring party a huge boost to play this fixture ahead of Lions fans.
“We are very grateful to the Scottish Government for its commitment and support to make sure this fixture would be seen by a live audience.”
“This is a crucial initiative to bring fans back to BT Murrayfield Stadium and a return to normality,” commented Scottish Rugby Chief Executive, Mark Dodson.
“Through the positive working relationship, we’ve developed with both Scottish Government and key local partners we are confident we’ll offer a secure environment for each supporter and appearance forward to playing our part in hosting this unique sporting occasion and welcoming rugby fans back to Edinburgh.”
What have we said about the 2021 Lions tour?
Lions vs Japan: Five tactics to seem out for from Warren Gatland’s side in first game
The Springboks who will face the Lions: Player-by-player guide to 46-man squad
What is it adore to play against Owen Farrell – and is he ready for the Lions tour?
Gavin Mairs: Kyle Sinckler can put selection sadness aside to become a Lions star
Charlie Morgan: How referees selected by World Rugby will influence Test series
Brian Moore in conversation with Alex Corbisiero: ‘Big personalities parked their egos’
Brian Moore in conversation with John Smit: ‘Lions is more special than a World Cup’
Brian Moore in conversation with Sir Ian McGeechan: ‘Lions must match Boks physicality’
British and Lions tour set to travel ahead with none supporters in South Africa
Mick Cleary: Logic suggests Lions will chew undercooked Boks – but don’t back it
Lions teams to require on South Africa: Our writers pick their XVs to tackle the Boks
Will Greenwood’s player-by-player guide to the 2021 Lions squad
Warrenball 2.0? What Warren Gatland’s Lions squad tells us about how he wants to play
What are the odds?
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What’s our prediction?
The Lions are the cream of British and Irish rugby but this is often not a full-strength team and it’ll be the primary time many of those players will have played together. it’d be closer than people think.