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South African rugby fans have only a few hours left to get into the virtual queue for tickets to the British & Irish Lions tour in 2021, before the ballot closes at midnight tonight (Wednesday 16 September), and those who have not yet registered are urged to act quickly in order to avoid disappointment.

The ballot process opened two weeks ago and interest in Lions tickets has been extremely high for the three Tests – at FNB Stadium, Cape Town Stadium and Emirates Airline Park – while the encounters with the three franchise teams and the two invitational sides also attracted strong interest.

With time running out fast, supporters who still wish to register for tickets are urged to do so at in order to avoid disappointment of not seeing the best of South African rugby talent compete in the much-anticipated six week-tour extravaganza against the best players from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Tickets for the five non-Tests start from as little as R100 to see the Lions in action – against the SA Invitational team in Port Elizabeth and against SA ‘A’ at Mbombela Stadium – while the matches against the Vodacom Bulls, Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers start at R250.

With less than 24 hours to go before the ballot closes, 250 000 SA residents have visited the official tour site, 75 000 have registered, and 275 000 ticket applications have been balloted for, underlining the huge amount of interest and anticipation for this unique tour.

The ticket ballot opened two weeks ago with supporters permitted to register for eight tickets for each of the eight matches. Entering the ballot does not guarantee tickets and successful applicants will be notified at the end of the month.

Would-be buyers should note that tickets will not be available at match venues, through provincial unions or at the usual retail outlets. If anyone answers an online advertisement for tickets, they are in danger of being defrauded, exploited and left ticketless.

The ticket ballot process is as follows:

The ballot opened on Wednesday, 2 September at 10h00 at;

South African residents will be able to select tickets for all eight matches (to a maximum of eight tickets per match);

Ballot closes on Wednesday, 16 September at 23h59;

The draw will take place by a computerised selection process;

All registered users will be advised by email whether they have been successful or not before the end of September;

Payment will automatically take place on the credit card used for submitting your ballot application if you are successful and;

Seat allocation and tickets dispatch (courier or electronic) will take place in the second quarter of 2021.

Hospitality packages are available for all matches – ranging in price from R2 495 (excl. VAT) for a midweek game to R8 995 (excl. VAT) for a Test match. Those interested should email:

Similarly, tickets can be accessed as part of a tour travel package by contacting SA Rugby Travel on or 021 525 2515.

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