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British and Irish Lions Tour confirmed for Cape Town<p>​The British and Irish Lions together with SA Rugby yesterday concluded talks over the much-anticipated tour. </p><p>The event had been uncertain due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions. </p><p>The British and Irish Lions return to South Africa after a 12-year absence and it will be the first Test they are playing in Cape Town since 1997.</p><p>‘Cape Town is officially acknowledged as the World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination, with a proven track record of successfully hosting large showpieces.  Adding this tour to an already impressive events calendar is fantastic for the city and our residents. We look forward to rolling out the red carpet for our World Cup Champion Springboks and the visiting British and Irish Lions, who I hope will also take some time out to enjoy our beautiful city,’ said Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato. </p><p>Cape Town Stadium will host three matches which will include the Lions playing against the Stormers, South Africa A team as well as the much anticipated test match against the Springboks in July. </p><p>‘Capetonians are sports lovers and their fondness for rugby is unmatched. Whether it’s blowing a Vuvuzela to show their love for a favourite sports team, or dancing and cheering the loudest at the stadium, South Africans fans are among the most passionate in the world. While we understand the current restrictions on spectators we hope that the Sports Minister will accept representations to allow a limited number of spectators in the stadium under strict safety conditions. This, we believe, is an event which rugby lovers should experience in person and it would be a memorable time not only for them but the players as well,’ adds Mayor Plato.</p><p>The City will work with SA Rugby and the Cape Town Stadium to ensure all health and safety protocols are in place to safeguard the players, officials and supporters if they are allowed on the ground. </p>2021-05-13T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#6398d426-f799-44e8-abec-30af038afd7f;L0|#06398d426-f799-44e8-abec-30af038afd7f|Rugby;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#34f4df81-9990-40ab-8213-8383ea5bee8b;L0|#034f4df81-9990-40ab-8213-8383ea5bee8b|event10

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