Q: What will be on offer and what will be the combination of games?
A: Opportunities to see the Lions in South Africa will range from a one Test option to a fully escorted six-week tour, plus much more, including hotel and ticket as well as flight and ticket options. If you want to go for a long weekend away or a holiday of a lifetime, we will be able to help you.
Whatever you want to make the perfect tour, it can be included, all the matches, hotels and locations, flights, special events and official match tickets. For those looking for ultimate flexibility there will be flight and ticket options too.
Our experience tells us that the Three Test and Two Test touring options will be the most popular durations but you will also be able to pick the matches you want to see and the locations that will make your dream Lions holiday.
Q: What ticket-inclusive packages will be available?
A: There are many different demands and priorities from the fans and it is important that there is as much flexibility and choice as possible which is why we will offer full tour options, short breaks, and flight and ticket options. All of our packages guarantee official match tickets.
Fans have different requests, therefore we will be creating packages ranging from escorted Tours including flights, transfers, accommodation, official match tickets and access to the Lions special events through to a flight and official match ticket option including some of the Lions special events and a replica Lions jersey.
Clients are assured financial protection with all packages and all packages including a flight are issued with an ATOL certificate. All packages include Lions Rugby Travel staff support throughout the Tour. There are also short-break packages available for those clients who are limited on time.
Q: When will packages be on sale?
A: Our team has already been in South Africa finding the best accommodation and experiences for you. We are now in the process of creating a range of travel packages and expect to be on sale in Spring 2020.
Q: When and where are the test matches?
A: The British & Irish Lions will play three Test matches against the reigning World Champions South Africa on their epic tour in 2021 as well as five other matches across six different locations. Full details can be found here.
Q: What are the benefits of buying an official Lions package?
A: Clients can guarantee official match tickets for the matches of their choice for an event that is traditionally over-subscribed.
Escorted packages include official match tickets, international flights, return transfers from the airports to the hotels, internal travel, invites to official Lions events on match day and other dates, official merchandise and support from our staff during your stay.
Lions Rugby Travel protects the consumer through ATOL and ABTA bonding and licensing. Financial protection is guaranteed by booking with us – which in this current climate is of paramount importance.
Q: I want to buy ticket only, can you help me?
A: Lions Rugby Travel is the British & Irish Lions’ own travel company and is contractually committed to sell guaranteed official match tickets as part of a ticket inclusive supporter tour.
Q: Are the British & Irish Lions a governing body?
No, the Lions are a touring team who play under the rules and regulations of World Rugby, who are the governing body of the game of rugby union.
Q: Who runs the Lions?
The Lions are operated by an organisation called British & Irish Lions Designated Activity Company Limited, a company which is jointly owned by the four home nations (England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland).
Q: Which teams do the Lions play?
The Lions have an agreement with the Australian, South African and New Zealand rugby unions to tour once every four years on rotation. In 2021 the Lions will play DHL Stormers, South Africa ‘Invitational’, Call C Sharks, South Africa ‘A’, Vodacom Bulls and Springboks.
Q: Do you anticipate many fans travelling to South Africa without tickets in the hope they can purchase them locally?
There is always the potential for Lions fans to travel without tickets but it’s not something we would recommend. Rugby is a huge sport in South Africa and for that reason demand there and in will mean all matches will be sold out well before.
Q: Approximately how many Lions fans were at the Australia and New Zealand tours?
More than 35,000 Lions fans were in Australia in 2013 and New Zealand in 2017, of which more than 8,000 per Test match travelled with Lions Rugby Travel.
Q: How many fans in total do you expect to travel to South Africa for the 2021 Tour?
Having taken 8,000 Lions fans per test match to New Zealand, we would expect a similar number to be interested in being part of the tour at some stage in South Africa, given the fact The Lions have not toured there for 12 years and the Springboks are the current Rugby World Cup champions.