Lions v South Africa 2021: Third rugby Test match kick-off date and time, team news and how to watch on TV

The 2021 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa comes to an end this weekend. Here's all you need to know.

A South African roling maul collapses during the second rugby union Test match between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions at The Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town on July 31, 2021. (Photo by RODGER BOSCH / AFP) (Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)
A South African roling maul collapses during the second rugby union Test match between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions at The Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town on July 31, 2021. (Photo by RODGER BOSCH / AFP) (Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)

The British and Irish Lions come head-to-head with South Africa one last time this weekend as Cape Town Stadium hosts the final Test of the series.

The Lions won the first Test almost a fortnight ago, after trailing 12-3 at the break. A game of two halves saw Warren Gatland's team make a comeback, taking the victory with a 22-17 scoreline in their favour.

A week later South Africa levelled things up with a ruthless second-half display that saw them come out 27-9 winners, taking the series right down to the wire.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 24: Conor Murray, Owen Farrell and Stuart Hogg of the B&I Lions celebrate during the Castle Lager Lions Series 1st Test match between South Africa and British and Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium on July 24, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by EJ Langner/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Here is all you need to know about the final Lions v South Africa test match.

What time is the Lions v South Africa third Test?

The British and Irish Lions face South Africa in the final Test on Saturday August 7. The match will kick off at 5pm UK time at Cape Town Stadium.

The Lions will still be without the usual sea of red to support them going into the third Test - with all three Tests being played behind closed doors – but Gatland will be eager return his side home with the glory after a tense series.

British Y Irish Lions' third Test line-up v South Africa

How can I watch the match on TV?

You can watch Lions v South Africa final Test match live on Sky Sports.

Supporters can stream the game on the TV channel, the broadcaster’s website and also via the SkyGo app.

Highlights will be available to watch on All4.

If you don't have a Sky Sports subscription you can buy a NOW TV Sports membership, with daily and monthly passes available.

British and Irish Lions - Team news

Following their second Test defeat to South Africa the British and Irish Lions have made six changes, bringing in Liam Williams, and Josh Adams to take the places of Stuart Hogg and Anthony Watson in a revamped back three, while Duhan van der Merwe keeps his place.

The Lions have brought back the first Test’s partnership of Dan Biggar (fly-half) and Ali Price (half-back) with Conor Murray dropping to the bench, while Bundee Aki is promoted into the starting XV with Robbie Henshaw switching to 13.

Alun Wyn Jones, who has recovered from a shoulder issue, has been brought in to partner club-mate Ken Owens and Ireland tight-head Tadhg Furlong in the front-row.

The second and back rows remained unchanged, meaning Jones continues as captain, making his 12th consecutive Test appearance for the British and Irish Lions.

Meanwhile, England captain Owen farrell has been replaced by Finn Russell on the bench, with the Scotsman having recovered from an Achilles injury, while Adam Beard and Sam Simmonds are included for the first time this series.

Lions XV: Liam Williams; Josh Adams, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Duhan van der Merwe; Dan Biggar, Ali Price; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tadhg Furlong, Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Jack Conan.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Kyle Sinckler, Adam Beard, Sam Simmonds, Conor Murray, Finn Russell, Elliot Daly.

South Africa – Team news

South Africa's Faf De Klerk will miss out with a muscle strain, while Pieter-Steph Du Toit has been ruled out with a shoulder problem he picked up in Saturday’s second Test.

Scrum-half De Klerk will be replaced by Cobus Reinach, while Lood de Jager will come in at lock and Franco Mostert will switch to the back row to take Du Toit’s place.

Other than the two changes head coach Jacques Nienaber has been forced into making, South Africa will stick with the same team that started last weekend's 27-9 victory in hope that they will pick up where they left off.

Fly-half Morne Steyn, who could make his first international appearance in almost five years, takes De Jager’s place on an otherwise-unchanged bench.

South Africa XV: Le Roux; Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, Reinach; Kitshoff, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, De Jager, Kolisi (c), Mostert, Wiese

Replacements: Marx, Nyakane, Koch, Van Staden, Smith, Jantjies, Steyn, Willemse