Rob Webster, Sky Sports managing director, said: “There are a handful of events in the sporting calendar that truly transcend their sport, and a Lions tour is one of them. It’s a moment in time, where the home nations come together to take on the best in the world. “We’re hugely proud of our association with the Lions, and we’re looking forward to bringing our customers every twist and turn of what is sure to be a spectacular tour.” Lions leaders: Managing director Ben Calveley and head coach Warren Gatland (Getty Images)Despite leaving his role with Wales and taking up the head-coaching job at the Chiefs in New Zealand, Warren Gatland will once again lead the men in red into battle, and he is looking forward to the prospect.“I am absolutely thrilled with how this schedule looks.“Touring South Africa is always a huge challenge, not only from a rugby perspective, but also in terms of the venues and the conditions facing the players.“We are very comfortable that three of the games, two of which are Test matches, will be played at altitude. Our schedule falls in a way to allow us to start at sea level before building up and acclimatising to the unique environment that playing at altitude presents. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Lions will play eight matches in South Africa in 2021. 12 Years On: The Lions lost the 2009 Tour. (Getty Images) Schedule For 2021 British & Irish Lions Tour To South AfricaThree years on from their famous series tie against New Zealand, the British & Irish Lions have confirmed their schedule for the 2021 tour to face 2019 World Cup winners South Africa.In all they will play eight games in South Africa, three of which will be Tests against the Springboks, three matches against the Stormers, Sharks and Bulls, and finally two contests against a South Africa ‘Invitational’ team and South Africa ‘A’ team. There will also be a warm-up Test between the Lions and Japan at BT Murrayfield at the end of June 2021 before the squad depart.The tour’s original dates were called into question due to the global pandemic, but it has now been confirmed the dates will remain the same.“The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of disruption to the sporting calendar, but after extensive discussions we are now able to confirm that the tour dates are as previously announced,” said British & Irish Lions managing director Ben Calveley.“I am particularly pleased that we are able to provide some clarity for all those Lions supporters eager to travel to South Africa next summer.”Additionally it has also been confirmed that Sky Sports will televise all of the Lions matches from South Africa. “We are very much looking forward to touring this wonderful country.”Full 2021 schedule:Saturday 26 June: British & Irish Lions v Japan – BT Murrayfield, EdinburghSaturday 3 July: British & Irish Lions v DHL Stormers – Cape Town Stadium, Cape TownWednesday 7 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘Invitational’ – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethSaturday 10 July: British & Irish Lions v Cell C Sharks – Jonsson Kings Park, DurbanWednesday 14 July: British & Irish Lions v South Africa ‘A’ Team – Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitSaturday 17 July: British & Irish Lions v Vodacom Bulls – Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSaturday 24 July (first Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – FNB Stadium, JohannesburgSaturday 31 July (second Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium, Cape TownSaturday 7 August (third Test): Springboks v British & Irish Lions – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Denzel Washington & Viola Davis in ‘Fence'(Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) If the teaser trailer for Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of Fences is any indication, this will be one to keep an eye on as Oscar season approaches. It’s hardly a surprise, though: the August Wilson play won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 1987, and the 2010 revival won Tonys for Washington and Viola Davis. The two reprise their intense performances as Troy and Rose, respectively, for the big screen; joining them is Jovan Adepo as their son, Cory. Check out the first look below, then catch Fences in movie theaters beginning Christmas Day. View Comments
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » President Trump is seriously considering nominating NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters as CFPB director, according to sources inside the credit union industry.McWatters has been interviewed for the position and a background check is underway, one source told CU Times. If all goes well for McWatters, the nomination could be announced as early as next week, the source said.Through an NCUA spokesperson, McWatters declined comment.White House officials believe that McWatters could be more easily confirmed by the Senate because he has been confirmed before—as a member of the NCUA board, the source said. In addition, President Obama nominated McWatters as chairman of the Export-Import Bank. McWatters was never confirmed because some Republican senators, including then-Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)– oppose the bank.
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a driver who was swerving so badly on the freeway Monday afternoon. Trooper Rick Morgan says he thought the driving had a medical issue because of the swerving, but instead the driver was a 5-year-old boy.Trooper Rick Morgan said the boy did not respond to his lights but pulled over when he hit his siren on Interstate 15. When the window came down Morgan said it was pretty clear that it was “a very underaged driver.”The boy told Morgan he was on his way to visit his sister’s house in California.The child had apparently gotten into a fight with his mom when she said she wouldn’t buy him a Lamborghini, with $3 in his wallet he wanted to go buy his Lamborghini.Officials contacted his parents and they came and took custody of their son and the vehicle.