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South African Marius Jonker has been named the TV match official for all three British and Irish Lions tests after New Zealander Brendon Pickerill was forced to step down; watch the first test live on Sky Sports Lions on Saturday from 3 p.m.

Last update: 07/22/21 10:47 PM

Warren Gatland is unhappy with the lack of a neutral TMO for Saturday’s first test

The British and Irish Lions are furious that South African Marius Jonker has been named the televised match official for Saturday’s first test against the Springboks.

New Zealander Brendon Pickerill has been forced to step down due to travel issues linked to the pandemic, with Jonker taking his place for the show’s opening in Cape Town.

The Lions are reportedly pushing World Rugby’s governing body to appoint a neutral TMO for the second and third tests in the series.

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British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones said the team were in South Africa to win the Test Series, and insisted his quick recovery from a dislocated shoulder was not only due to him.

British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones said the team were in South Africa to win the Test Series, and insisted his quick recovery from a dislocated shoulder was not only due to him.

World Rugby used “home” TMOs in last year’s rugby championship, but a referee would not officiate in a match involving his own country.

Jonker acted as TMO for the Lions’ 17-13 loss to South Africa ‘A’, the only loss for touring tourists so far.

Gatland was frustrated that Springboks scrum half Faf de Klerk avoided a red card for a tackle on Lions flanker Josh Navidi.

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The Fan Van travels to Coll Island to meet 1997 Lions tourist and former Scottish captain Rob Wainwright at his farm. Scott is put to work raising sheep and cattle before fishing for his dinner off the Isle of the Hebrides!

The Lions boss had sought clarification of the incident with officials, saying last week: “I cannot understand where the comments were that there was no head contact.

“Someone was looking at a different picture of me. I thought it sounded reckless.

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“No arm and he hit the arm first and then the shoulder, but there is definitely head-to-head contact.”

South African rugby manager Rassie Erasmus responded to Gatland’s criticism of De Klerk by tweeting images of what he saw as dangerous tackles from Lions opening half Owen Farrell.

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