The British and Irish Lions‘ pre-tour Test against Japan will played in front of 16,500 supporters at Murrayfield.
The match – the first home Lions Test since 2005 – acts as the curtain-raiser to this summer’s tour to South Africa, which will culminate in three Tests against the reigning World Cup holders.
Fans will return to the home of Scottish Rugby on June 26 for the first time since March 2020 after the Scottish Government agreed to a partial capacity crowd in line with social distancing criteria.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to confirm today’s news,” said Ben Calveley, managing director of The British & Irish Lions.
“It will be brilliant to see a passionate crowd back at Murrayfield for what promises to be a superb game of rugby before we embark on the Tour to South Africa.
“I am sure it will give the entire touring party an enormous boost to play this fixture in front of Lions fans.
“We are very grateful to the Scottish Government for its commitment and support to ensure this fixture would be seen by a live audience.”
Head coach Warren Gatland has named a 37-man squad – captained by Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones – for the tour of South Africa.
2021 British and Irish Lions confirmed fixture schedule in South Africa:
• Saturday 3 July, 5pm: Emirates Lions v The British & Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
• Wednesday 7 July, 7pm: Cell C Sharks v The British & Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
• Saturday 10 July, 5pm: Vodacom Bulls v The British & Irish Lions (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
• Wednesday 14 July, 7pm: South Africa ‘A’ v The British & Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
• Saturday 17 July, 5pm: DHL Stormers v The British & Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)