British and Irish Lions vs South Africa A rugby LIVE: Stream, TV channel, teams for TODAY'S Tour match – updates

THE British and Irish Lions are looking to make it four wins out of four on tour in South Africa, but face their toughest test yet.

Thought Warren Gatland's team are playing South Africa A, the hosts have named a side full of 2019 World Cup winners looking to earn a spot in the senior team for the first test.

  • Start time: 7pm GMT
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports Action
  • Lions: Anthony Watson; Louis Rees-Zammit, Chris Harris, Bundee Aki, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Conor Murray (captain); Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Iain Henderson, Josh Navidi, Tom Curry, Taulupe Faletau.
  • South Africa A: Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am (capt), Damian de Allende, S'bu Nkosi, Morne Steyn, Faf de Klerk; Steven Kitshoff, Joseph Dweba, Trevor Nyakane, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Marco van Staden, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jasper Wiese

Follow ALL the action with our live blog below…

What time does British and Irish Lions vs South Africa A kick off?

  • The British and Irish Lions take on South Africa A on Wednesday, July 14.
  • The match kicks off at 7pm UK time – 8pm in South Africa.
  • After three matches at altitude, the Lions are heading down to sea level with this match to take place at the Cape Town Stadium.

What TV channel is the British and Irish Lions vs South Africa A on and can I live stream it?

  • The British and Irish Lions vs South Africa A is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.
  • Coverage commences at 6pm – one hour before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99
  • Giacomo Pisa

    BIGGAR UPDATE

    An ankle problem is the reason Dan Biggar misses out tonight.

    It's not yet clear on the severity of the injury but Owen Farrell comes in at ten to replace him.

    It's a huge chance tonight for Farrell to stake his claim for a number ten test jersey.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RASSIE SPEAKS

    These are the pre-match thoughts of Rassie Erasmus who takes charge of South Africa A tonight:

    "Well a good result would be a win first of all.

    "We're playing the Lions next week in our next test match so I think a win tonight would be a bit of a body blow to the other lads and we'd love to win it if that can be the case.

    "And then second to us would be the ability to get through this game with the physical game, playing with the way the Lions will play and then our guys executing the things we've worked on in the last couple of weeks."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF

    The players are out on the pitch at the Cape Town Stadium and warming up for tonight's clash.

    Kick off is edging ever-closer, with the first whistle just 40 minutes away!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    JACQUES PREVIEW

    South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber had this to say in his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight's clash:

    "We’re pleased to be able to name a quality team with a number of experienced players despite the challenges in the last week.

    "We may have lost our captain Siya [Kolisi], but there is a good leadership core within this group with the likes of Morne [Steyn], Willie [le Roux], Eben [Etzebeth], Trevor [Nyakane] and Steven [Kitshoff], among others, whose experience will be invaluable in a match against a quality British & Irish Lions outfit.

    "Players such as Joseph [Dweba] and Nicolaas [Janse van Rensburg] will also get their first taste of running out in the green and gold at senior level in what will mark a memorable occasion in their careers and we are excited to see them showcase their skills."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TOUR TERROR

    Civil unrest in South Africa combined with the Coronavirus pandemic are two of the reasons this has been the most uncertain Lions tour of all time.

    The Sun's Jonny Fordham has this to say on the unrest in the country:

    "The Lions are on red alert ahead of their first game in Cape Town tonight as the city braces itself for copy-cat looting following deadly violence and rioting in South Africa.

    "At least 45 people have died in Gauteng and Natal provinces in the worst disturbances the country has seen since apartheid.

    "The unrest has been caused by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.

    "The Lions and South Africa A will have a police escort to Green Point Stadium tonight – just like they have had all tour.

    "The tourists also have two close protection bodyguards with them at all times."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ADAMS OUT

    Welsh wing wizard Josh Adams drops out of the starting fifteen tonight but surely he's a shoo-in for the number eleven jersey when the first test comes around in ten days?

    He's scored EIGHT tries in just three games so far for the Lions.

    It's unconfirmed but reports are suggesting he drops out of the starting side because his wife has gone into labour so we wish him and his family all the best.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LIONS STARTING XV

    So here's the new Lions starting fifteen for tonight.

    15. LIAM WILLIAMS, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Anthony Watson, 10. OWEN FARRELL, 9. Conor Murray (c)

    1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Iain Henderson, 6. Josh Navidi, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Taulupe Faletau

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TEAM CHANGE

    Some breaking news from the Lions camp as Warren Gatland makes two changes to his starting fifteen.

    Owen Farrell is in for Dan Biggar, while Liam Williams is in for Josh Adams and Anthony Watson moves to the wing, with Williams at full back.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAGE IS SET

    The Lions travel south tonight after games in Johannesburg and Pretoria against the Sigma Lions and the Cell C Sharks.

    The Cape Town Stadium is the host for tonight's game as well as the first test in ten days, giving the Lions a brief respite from the altitude of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAT ATTACK

    Kyle Sinckler was not even in Warren Gatland's original Lions squad to the surprise of many.

    However an injury to Andrew Porter saw the Bristol man called into the squad and he has not looked back since.

    He's yet to miss a tackle on the tour so far and is in from the start for Warren Gatland's side tonight.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    THE STORY SO FAR

    The final whistle tonight will mark the halfway stage in the 2021 Lions tour to South Africa.

    Aside from parts of Saturday's game against the Sharks the Lions are yet to be really tested, although that should change tonight.

    The 18 Springboks in the South Africa A squad represent a significant step up in quality from the teams faced so far.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WARREN'S WORDS

    And this is what Warren Gatland had to say on the returning second-rower:

    "We are delighted to welcome Alun Wyn back.

    "It'll come as no surprise to anyone who knows Alun Wyn that since injuring his shoulder against Japan, he's done everything he can to get himself back.

    "It's remarkable really when you consider it’s just 18 days since he left us in Edinburgh.

    "He's been training with the Wales squad at the Vale since last week and yesterday he had a proper hit out.

    "Following assessment from the medical staff this morning we’re satisfied he’s fit to return.

    "He's obviously raring to go and from what I’ve seen on video and the feedback we've received, he's certainly not been holding himself back in training. He was really getting stuck in yesterday.

    "It's a massive boost for the Lions to welcome a player of Alun Wyn’s stature back."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WELCOME BACK ALUN WYN

    It was revealed earlier that Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones is set to join up with the Lions tour tomorrow after recovering from a shoulder injury.

    Our man in South Africa Jonny Fordham reports:

    "Alun Wyn Jones will jet in to South Africa tomorrow as the Lion King makes a stunning return from injury.

    "Just as SunSport told you, the tour skipper promised boss Warren Gatland he could make a miracle return from a dislocated shoulder he suffered just 18 days ago.

    "And the 35-year-old has done exactly that to make it onto his fourth tour in sensational style."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LIONS REPLACEMENTS

    And Warren Gatland has these names at his disposal off the Lions bench:

    16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Zander Fagerson, 19. Adam Beard, 20. Tadhg Beirne, 21. Sam Simmonds, 22. Gareth Davies, 23. Elliot Daly

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA A SUBS

    These are the replacements for South Africa A tonight:

    16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20. Rynhardt Elstadt, 21. Herschel Jantjies, 22. Jesse Kriel, 23. Damian Willemse, 24. Kwagga Smith, 25. Elton Jantjies

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LIONS STARTING XV

    And this is how the Lions line-up tonight.

    Anthony Watson moves to full-back to accommodate the in-form Josh Adams and Louis Rees-Zammit.

    15. Anthony Watson, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Conor Murray (c)

    1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Iain Henderson, 6. Josh Navidi, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Taulupe Faletau

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA A STARTING XV

    Here's the fifteen that South African Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and head coach Jacques Nienaber have selected for tonight's game:

    15. Willie le Roux, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. Lukhanyo Am (c), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Sbu Nkosi, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Faf de Klerk 

    1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Joseph Dweba, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Franco Mostert, 6. Marco van Staden, 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8. Jasper Wiese

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD EVENING

    Welcome to our live blog of the British & Irish Lions against South Africa A. 

    Warren Gatland’s touring party are set to face their toughest challenge yet as they face a South Africa A side packed full with Springbok stars. 

    The Boks have played just one game since their World Cup final against Georgia twelve days ago after their second clash against the Georgians was cancelled last Friday. 

    As a result eighteen Springboks are named in the squad this evening in what is set to be an enthralling eighty minutes of rugby,

    The Lions though have been buoyed today by the sensational return of skipper Alun Wyn Jones who has been cleared to travel to South Africa just eighteen days after dislocating his shoulder against Japan at Murrayfield.

    He’s set to travel to the southern hemisphere and join up with the squad tomorrow.

    Warren Gatland names just three players to start tonight that began the win against the Sharks on Saturday in Anthony Watson, Dan Biggar and Chris Harris. 

    Watson shuffles to full-back as Josh Adams and Louis-Rees Zammit return to the side.

    Kick off for tonight’s clash is at 7pm with the full team news coming up next!

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