British & Irish Lions to Play Japan in Scotland

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The British & Irish Lions will host a test match
against Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday, 26 June 2021
for the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup.

The first-ever clash against the Brave Blossoms will raise the curtain for the Lions’ eagerly awaited Tour to South Africa, which culminates in a
three-test series against Rugby World Cup champions, the

Tickets for the fixture go on pre-sale
on Tuesday, 3 November with supporters encouraged to

register their interest in advance

customers will be able to benefit from access to tickets and
giveaways via the VeryMe loyalty program.


“One of our
objectives are to give Warren and the playing squad as much
meaningful preparation as possible before departing on Tour, so we
are delighted to have agreed with this fixture,” said Ben Calveley,
Managing Director of The British & Irish Lions. “A Lions
Test is one of the most iconic events in world sport, but a huge
number of fans from the Home Nations never get the chance to see
one live. The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup match will give even more
supporters the opportunity to be part of the next chapter in Lions
history. It will be an ‘I was there’ moment, against an
entertaining and highly-respected opposition.”

A view
shared by Shigetaka Mori, President of the Japan Rugby Football
Union, who anticipates the fixture will attract a global audience.

“It is a great honor for us to be able to play a Test
match against the British & Irish Lions,” said Mori. “I hope that many rugby fans from around the world will witness
the historic match between the Lions and Japan and enjoy the brand
of rugby to be showcased by each side.”

Scottish Rugby’s 67,000-seat stadium in
Edinburgh will host only the third Lions Test match on ‘home’
soil, following games in Cardiff against Argentina in 2005 and
against a Rest of the World XV in 1986.

The Lions have toured South
Africa on 13 previous occasions, with the first Tour taking place
in 1891. In that time, the Lions have won four-Test series, lost
eight with one drawn. Their overall record against the Springboks
is played 46, won 17, lost 23, and drawn six.

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