talkSPORT will bring you over 150 hours of exclusive Lions coverage on the talkSPORT network for the upcoming Lions Tour of South Africa as the best of Britain and Ireland take on the world champions.
Along with commentary from every Lions game, including all three test rounds, talkSPORT will provide previews, post-match analysis, phone calls and bring all the color of South Africa to UK fans. .
The talkSPORT network will broadcast tailored previews before all tests, a daily Lions Diary program on talkSPORT 2 throughout the tour, and tour podcast programming via the talkSPORT app and audio streaming sites, as well as the bespoke YouTube content.
All warm-ups and tests will be broadcast on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 to the network’s audience of over three million listeners.
Full commentary with pre-game lineup and post-match analysis, including the chance for rugby fans to speak up and interact with our top team of experts, will be broadcast on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.
TalkSPORT’s commentary team includes former Irish winger Tommy Bowe, former Springbok Bryan Habana, England World Cup winner Ben Kay and Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan. The cover will be presented by Craig Doyle, Hannah Wilkes and Tim Cocker with Andrew McKenna as commentator.
Lions tour dates confirmed
All matches will be broadcast exclusively live on the talkSPORT network and on our app …
July 3 (5 p.m. UK time): Emirates Lions v The British & Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
July 7 (7 p.m. UK time): Cell C Sharks v The British & Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
July 10 (5 p.m. UK time): Vodacom Bulls vs. The British & Irish Lions (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
July 14 (7 p.m. UK time): South Africa ‘A’ v The British & Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
July 17 (5 p.m. UK time): DHL Stormers v The British & Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
July 24 (5 p.m. UK time): Springboks v The British & Irish Lions (1st test, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
July 31 (5 p.m. UK time): Springboks v The British & Irish Lions (2nd Test, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)
August 7 (5 p.m. UK time): Springboks v The British & Irish Lions (3rd Test, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)
Head of talkSPORT, Lee Clayton said: “The Lions are a world-class elite event and have been the talk of rugby fans all winter long. We have had an exceptional sporting summer on the talkSPORT network with every Euros game and Jose Mourinho joining the station; Full commentary from The Open and now The Lions, where talkSPORT will be on the ground bringing all of South Africa’s insight, action and response to our engaged and informed listeners. “
Lions Commercial Director Tom Halsey commented: “TalkSPORT is one of the best in the industry when it comes to live sports streaming, so we are delighted to welcome them for a third consecutive tour. Lions fans will love the coverage of their stellar team. “
Bryan Habana said: “This is a highly anticipated Lions tour and talkSPORT’s coverage will bring the whole tour to life for the fans – I’m excited to join the team. It promises to be a first-class competition filled with drama and will capture the imaginations of sports fans across the UK and Ireland.
Ben Kay said: “I am delighted to be reuniting with the talkSPORT team for another British and Irish Lions tour. South Africa is a phenomenal opponent and this competition will be a great opportunity for all rugby fans. I can’t wait to bring all of the touring drama to talkSPORT. “