23 June 2021


Saturday 26 June
LIONS V JAPAN at 2.15pm

Lee McKenzie presents live coverage of the British and Irish Lions's first match on UK soil since 2005, and only the third ever Lions match in the UK. This match against Japan serves as a warm up ahead of their tour of South Africa, where they'll face the world champions three times. Lee is joined by former Lions head coach Sir Ian McGeechan, two-tour Lions captain Sam Warburton, and South African legend Bryan Habana.

Sunday 27 June
Lee McKenzie presents live coverage from Welford Road, home of the Leicester Tigers. This 'A' international sees England and Scotland prepare for a busy summer of test rugby. Lee is joined in the studio by Ugo Monye and John Barclay. Ed Jackson reports, while Nick Heath, Chris Paterson and Topsy Ojo provide commentary.



Saturday 3 July
IRELAND V JAPAN at 12.30pm

Ayo Akinwolere presents live coverage of the first of two home summer internationals for Andy Farrell's Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. This is an opportunity for several new players in the Ireland squad to make a case for their inclusion at international level. For Japan, this is the next stop on their European summer tour, after facing the Lions the week before. Joining Ayo in the studio are Stephen Ferris and Alex Goode, with commentary from Connor Morris.

Sunday 4 July
ENGLAND V USA at 1.30pm

Ayo Akinwolere presents live coverage of England's game against USA at Twickenham. This match gives Eddie Jones an opportunity to test some new talent to see if they are worthy of going on to represent England at international level. Joining Ayo in the studio are Ugo Monye and Alex Goode, with Topsy Ojo reporting and commentary from Nick Heath, Nolli Waterman and Chris Ashton.



The British & Irish Lions return to terrestrial television on Channel 4
Live coverage of The British & Irish Lions will return to terrestrial television for the first time in nearly 30 years with Channel 4’s broadcast of the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup against Japan.

In addition to live coverage of the pre-Tour Test match against Japan from BT Murrayfield on 26 June, Channel 4 will also show highlights of all three Tests against South Africa.

  • Live coverage of the Lions’ pre-Tour Test match against Japan
  • Highlights of all three Tests against South Africa on Channel 4
  • All4 to show highlights of all Lions Tour matches
Lee McKenzie