On the ground in South Africa before the huge Springbok series

KEEP on top of everything happening on the 2021 Lions Series behind closed doors with SunSport’s Tour Diary.

Our man Jonny Fordham is in South Africa to cover ALL match live as Warren Gatland’s side face off against the formidable reigning world champions.



YORKSHIRE people go everywhere.

No sooner had SunSport checked into our Johannesburg hotel and had a coffee, then we ran into former Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading left-back Dylan Kerr.

Kerr, who was punditrying for SuperSport, just won the equivalent of the FA Cup in South Africa with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

He also saved TTM from relegation – the third time he’s kept a club here.


BACK in 2009, Johannesburg’s Sandton City Mall was a major alcohol base for Lions and South Africa fans.

But with the city hit by level four Covid restrictions, the only support on either side has been completely plastic.

Unfortunately only a few models with a kit in sports store windows have been spotted wearing a full kit.

All eight games on the tour – as well as the Springboks’ two test series against Georgia, which begins Friday night – will be crowd-free.

Journalists covering the tour are even required to obtain special security permits to attend matches and go out at night after President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered a 9 p.m. curfew across the country.

The Lions arrived in South Africa on Monday morning


The Lions arrived in South Africa on Monday morningCredit: Getty Images – Getty


LIONS fever has gripped Johannesburg taxi drivers.

Well, uh, not Warren Gatland’s Lions, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.

Johannesburg taxi drivers were desperate to discuss England’s victory over Germany.

But in the southern hemisphere, they believe the euro will not return home and were supporting Belgium or Italy to lift the crown.

Don't call him Skippy, okay.  .  .  !


Don’t call him Skippy, okay. . . !


CONOR MURRAY has told his Lions teammates to stop treating him like a Diva!

The new captain, who was a shock pick to succeed injured Alun Wyn Jones, is already being treated like a king by his teammates.

And the down-to-earth scrum-half has had enough already.

Asked if he gets special treatment from the rest of the squad, the 32-year-old said: “Unfortunately it is.

“They don’t call me by my name anymore, it’s ‘Skips’ now, so I’m trying to get rid of that one.

“Obviously on Saturday, with Al and Tips losing to injury, once Warren said I had to take over, everyone came over and congratulated me and you could tell they were doing it. thought.

“It’s great to have that support from your teammates and that’s the most important thing.

“Everyone is digging, it’s getting serious so everyone is working really hard now and like I said there is a great atmosphere in the camp.”

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