Sky Sports create Pop Up channel for South African Rugby Tour

A dedicated channel will be home to Sky Sports coverage of the British & Irish Lions Test matches against South Africa.

Sky Sports The Lions will broadcast between 17th July to 10th August, taking the place of Sky Sports Action.

Rugby fans will be able to watch a total of eight live games from the tour, kicking off with the first warm-up game against the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg on 3rd July.

There will also be highlights, documentaries and archive footage.

The series will be played behind closed doors with fans unable to make the trip to South Africa.

Sky Sports Managing Director, Jonathan Licht said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the British & Irish Lions to bring our viewers a seventh consecutive Lions tour – a partnership that has now entered its 25th year – and we’re looking forward to seeing some thrilling rugby played in South Africa against the current World Champions. With fans unable to cheer on the Lions in person, we’re pleased to be able to bring the best of the action to the Sea of Red back home.”

Sky Sports The Lions will be available via Sky and streaming service Now.