The British and Irish Lions vs South Africa LIVE: Full exclusive coverage of first Test – how to listen

The British Irish Lions are in South Africa for their latest tour.

Warren Gatland’s team will play eight matches in total, featuring three huge Tests against the Springboks.

Warren Gatland is leading the Lions into a third tour

The Lions suffered defeat against South Africa’s ‘A’ side in Cape Town on Wednesday when they were beaten 17-13 by a strong side that featured 18 World Cup winners. 

They will next take on the Stormers this weekend in their final warm-up match ahead of the opening Test.

British Irish Lions v South Africa first Test: How to listen

This match will get under way at 5pm on Saturday, July 24.

Full coverage from Cape Town Stadium will be exclusively live on talkSPORT.

Craig Doyle and Ben Kay will be your hosts and commentary will come from Andrew McKenna and James Haskell.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Here are the other ways to listen…

App iPhone – Download from the Apple store

Android – Download from Google Play

Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731

British Irish Lions v South Africa: Team news

The Lions have been boosted by the return of Alun Wyn Jones ahead of the first Test match.

Three weeks after dislocating his shoulder against Japan in what was announced as a tour-ending injury, Jones will take his place on the bench on Saturday for the final fixture before the opening collision with the Springboks.

Marcus Smith was a late call-up to the squad and will make his Lions debut against the Stormers he covers for injury trouble at fly-half.

Finn Russell is rehabilitating a torn Achilles that could end his tour and Dan Biggar was forced to withdraw from the starting XV that fell 17-13 to an experience-packed South Africa ‘A’ team on Wednesday night because of a rolled ankle that is expected to heal quickly.

Owen Farrell faced the shadow Springboks and is rested against the Stormers, leaving Smith as the only option for Saturday to maintain his acceleration through rugby’s ranks.

British Irish Lions v South Africa: What’s been said?

Warren Gatland, speaking ahead of the Stormers clash, said: “It’s probably fluid in terms of 60 or 70 per cent. We’ve got some thoughts on where we are.

“We’ll see some players have a hit-out this weekend and look at some of those combinations.

“There’s a few guys who aren’t involved who we’re pretty happy with, but it’s still an opportunity for the guys on Saturday to go and stake a claim as well.”