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British & Irish Lions to play Japan in first-ever clash

A historic Rugby Union fixture between the British & Irish Lions and Japan has been announced for Saturday 26 June 2021.

Called the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup, the Test match will see the Lions play their first home game since 2005. It follows the first year a touring team has visited Australia and New Zealand.

This is also the first time the world’s greatest touring side and the Brave Blossoms will face each other, with the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup serving as the start of the Lions’ South African tour, which culminates in a three Test series against Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks.


The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup will be played on Saturday 26 June 2021.

The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup will be held at Scottish Rugby’s 67,000-seater BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. This will be only the third Lions Test match hosted on home soil, following games in Cardiff against Argentina in 2005 and against a Rest of the World XV in 1986.

The British & Irish Lions are hosting the Test match against Japan.

Tickets for the 1888 Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup will be available by presale to registered supporters of priority groups from 10:00 on Tuesday 3 November 2020. If you have registered your interest in any of the presale windows, please refer to the email sent to you from the company/organisation offering you the priority sales opportunity. The email should contain the dates and times of when you are eligible to purchase tickets and the link to where you can buy tickets. Note: If you don’t already have a Ticketmaster account, sign up now to save time on the day and improve your chances of securing tickets.

Any remaining tickets for the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup will go on sale at a later date.