We’re bringing you 150 hours of exclusive Lions coverage across the talkSPORT network this summer as the best of Britain and Ireland face world champions South Africa.
Alongside commentary of every Lions match, including the three Test series, talkSPORT will have expert analysis, insight, live phone-ins and all the color from South Africa.
The talkSPORT network will broadcast bespoke previews ahead of all Tests, a daily Lions Diary program on talkSPORT 2 throughout the tour and podcast programming of the Tour through the talkSPORT app and audio streaming sites, as well as bespoke YouTube content.
All of the warm-ups and Tests will be broadcast across talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 to the network’s audience of more than three million listeners.
Full commentary with build-up programming and post match analysis including the opportunity for rugby fans to have their say and interact with our top team of pundits will be broadcast across 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 coverage 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 across the talkSPORT network and on our app…
3 July: Emirates Lions 14 – 56 The British & Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
July 7: Cell C Sharks 7 – 54 The British & Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
July 10: Cell C Sharks 31 – 71 The British & Irish Lions (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
14 July (7pm UK time): South Africa ‘A’ 17-13 The British & Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
17 July (5pm UK time): DHL Stormers 3-49 The British & Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
24 July (5pm UK time): Springboks v The British & Irish Lions (1st Test, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
31 July (5pm UK time): Springboks v The British & Irish Lions (2nd Test, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
7 Aug (5pm UK time): Springboks v The British & Irish Lions (3rd Test, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
Head of talkSPORT, Lee Clayton said: “The Lions is a world-class, elite event and has been the talk of rugby fans all winter. We have a bumper summer of sport across the talkSPORT network with every game from the Euros and Jose Mourinho joining the station; full commentary of The Open and now The Lions, where talkSPORT will be on the ground to bring all the insight, action and reaction from South Africa for our engaged and informed listeners.”
Lions Commercial Director, Tom Halsey, commented: “talkSPORT is one of the best in the business when it comes to broadcasting live sport, so we’re delighted to have them onboard for a third consecutive tour. Lions supporters are going to love the coverage from their stellar line-up.”
Bryan Habana said: “This is a hugely anticipated Lions tour and talkSPORT’s coverage will bring the whole tour to life for fans – I’m delighted to be joining the team. It promises to be a first-class contest packed full of drama and will capture the imagination of sports fans across the UK and Ireland.”
Ben Kay said: “I’m delighted to be reunited with the talkSPORT team for another British and Irish Lions Tour. South Africa are phenomenal opponents and this contest will be a huge occasion for all rugby fans. I am really looking forward to bringing all the drama of the tour to talkSPORT.”
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