Owen Farrell British and Irish Lions targeting history after announcing 2021 tour of South Africa schedule

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The British and Irish Lions will target the largest crowd ever for a tour after announcing their South Africa 2021 tour.

The Lions will play a three-match tour against the recently-crowned world champion Springboks in July 2021, with Warren Gatland set to lead the side for a third time following the series win in Australia in 2013 and draw with the All Blacks in 2017.

In what is a reduced eight-game schedule, the Lions will scrap the mid-week tour match ahead of the first Test, as well as the game in between the first and second test, giving them seven days to prepare for the first Test at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on the 17 July.

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The second Test takes place in Cape Town a week later, with the third Test due to be held back in Johannesburg at the Emirates Airline Park.

For the opening Test, the Lions hope to attract a sell-out 88,000 capacity crowd, which would surpass the 84,188 that attended the first Test against the Wallabies in 2001 at The Gabba in Brisbane.

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“I am absolutely thrilled with how this schedule looks,” said Gatland. “Touring South Africa is always a huge challenge, not only from a rugby perspective, but also in terms of

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