The British & Irish Lions 2021 will play a pre-tour match against Japan in Edinburgh followed by eight matches in South Africa, including three Tests against the Springboks.
The Test against Japan, on Saturday 26 June at BT Murrayfield, will be broadcast live on Channel 4 – the first time there has been live coverage of a Lions match on terrestrial television since the 1993 tour to New Zealand.
All eight matches in South Africa will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, who have had the rights to show the last six tours. The three Tests take place on successive Saturdays on 24 July, 31 July and 7 August.
Channel 4 will also show highlights of the Lions’ three Tests against the world champions while highlights of the other tour matches will be shown on All4.
Sat 26 June British & Irish Lions v Japan (3pm, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
Live on Channel 4 & talkSPORT
They have also confirmed that the Test match against Japan will go ahead at the 67,000-capacity stadium in Edinburgh as planned on June 26 but the attendance will hinge on advice from the Scottish Government.
The statement said: “The British & Irish Lions Test match against Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday 26 June for The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup will continue as scheduled.