Newstalk’s Off the Ball to Air Lions Tour

Newstalk will live stream the British and Irish Lions test series for the first time from South Africa this summer after OTB Sports secured the FM radio rights to broadcast the matches, starting with the pre-tour shock of the Lions with Japan at Murrayfield this weekend. Vodafone will sponsor tour previews, analysis and post-match discussions.

Out of the ball will have an analysis panel of former Lions players, including Brian O’Driscoll (above), Keith Wood and Ronan O’Gara, with comments from Neil Treacy. Irish greats Devin Toner and Niamh Briggs will be among the co-commentators for the warm-up matches, with O’Driscoll and Alan Quinlan as co-commentators for all three practice matches.

Coverage of the tour will be broadcast live on Newstalk and aired on OTB social channels.

British and Irish Lions 2021 calendar

Saturday June 26: British and Irish Lions v Japan (3 p.m., BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh)

Saturday July 3: Lions v British & Irish Lions (5 p.m., Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)

Wednesday July 7: Sharks v British & Irish Lions (7 p.m., Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)

Saturday July 10: Bulls v British & Irish Lions (5 p.m., Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)

Wednesday July 14: South Africa A v British & Irish Lions (7 p.m., Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

Saturday July 17: Stormers v British & Irish Lions (5 p.m., Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

Saturday July 24: First test – Springboks v British & Irish Lions (5 p.m., Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

Saturday July 31: Second Test – Springboks v British & Irish Lions (5 p.m., FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)

Saturday August 7: Third test – Springboks v British & Irish Lions (5 p.m., FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)

All kickoffs are in UK and Ireland.


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