Lions tour to South Africa in 2021 to go ahead as planned

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The British and Irish Lions rugby tour to South Africa will go ahead as planned next year as organizers trust that the coronavirus outbreak in a country among the worst-affected in the world will have eased in 12 months. The Lions and SA Rugby have confirmed the eight-match schedule. That includes three tests and begins on July 3. Two of those tests will be in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town. Those cities are in the two provinces in South Africa worst-affected by the outbreak and which have nearly 200,000 confirmed cases between them. No professional rugby is currently allowed to be played in South Africa.