Cape Town has welcomed a decision by rugby authorities to have the remainder of the British and Irish Lions rugby tour played in the city.
The first test against the Springboks will be played at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato says they aim to host a safe event with strict health protocols.
SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux says, “The series has already been significantly disrupted by COVID-19 and a return to Gauteng at this time would only increase the risks.
“We now have two teams in bio secure environments without any positive cases or anyone in isolation. To now return to the highveld would expose the Series to renewed risk.
“Everyone wants to see the two squads, at their strongest, playing out an unforgettable series over the next three weekends and this decision gives us the best opportunity to see that happen,” says Roux.
Roux thanked Gauteng and the City of Cape Town for their flexibility and understanding to accommodate the late change of plan.
Plato says the city is also keen to have the Springboks and Lions enjoy an extended stay in the Mother City.
The second test takes place on July 31, 2021, followed by the final test on August 7, 2021.
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