British and Irish Lions vs Cell C Sharks rugby: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream, teams for TODAY'S game

THE British and Irish Lions are continuing their tour of South Africa today following an excellent start.

Warren Gatland's side hammered the Sigma Lions in their opening game in Johannesburg and will look for more of the same this time around.

The Cell C Sharks are the opponent for this one.

What time does British and Irish Lions vs Cell C Sharks kick off?

  • The British and Irish Lions face the Cell C Sharks on Wednesday, July 7 – TODAY.
  • The match kicks off at 6pm UK time – 7pm in South Africa.
  • Kick-off has been brought forward an hour to avoid clashing with England's Euro 2020 football semi-final with Denmark.
  • Emirates Airline Park (formerly Ellis Park), Johannesburg is the venue for the match.

What TV channel is the British and Irish Lions vs Cell C Sharks on and can I live stream it?

  • The British and Irish Lions vs Cell C Sharks will be live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event.
  • Coverage will commence at 5pm – one hour before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action live with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99.

Team news

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DEBUT DAY

    English back-rower Tom Curry makes his first Lions appearance this evening.

    The 23-year-old Sale Sharks man has been part of the England set-up since 2017, winning 33 caps to date, but pulls on the red shirt for the first time today.

    He's joined in the back row by fellow debutant Josh Navidi and Sam Simmonds and number eight who makes his full debut.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SEAN SPEAKS

    And these were the pre-match press conference thoughts of Sharks head coach Sean Everitt.

    "We have only played two games in the Currie Cup, but our group has been together for some time and they’re looking forward to the challenge.

    "The chief goal is that we go into this game well-prepared and for the players to understand what’s coming their way.

    "Not many of our players in the squad have international experience.

    "And that includes Super Rugby, so yes, this is a big challenge.

    "We have to get the fundamentals right otherwise we will be punished on the day."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WARREN'S WORDS

    Here's what Lions boss Warren Gatland had to say in his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight's clash.

    "I’m pleased we managed to come through the weekend’s game unscathed, and the boys have rested and recovered well.

    "We feel like we’re slowly building, but, as ever, there’s still room for improvement in all facets of our game.

    "Wednesday night is another chance for us to have a look at a few more combinations.

    "I’m looking forward to seeing how the back row goes; it’s an exciting mixture and one that we hope will offer something a bit different.

    "We expect another physical test against a side who are known for their power play and ambition."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAGE IS SET

    The Emirates Airline Stadium, or Ellis Park, is the host venue for tonight's game.

    It's the same venue as the Lions' warm-up game against the Sigma Lions on Saturday as travel across South Africa is restricted due to Coronavirus.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LIONS REPLACEMENTS

    And Warren Gatland has these options off the bench this evening for the touring Lions.

    16. Ken Owens, 17. Rory Sutherland, 18. Tadhg Furlong, 19. Tadhg Beirne, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Conor Murray, 22. Stuart Hogg, 23. Chris Harris

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SHARKS SUBS

    Here's a look at the Cell C Sharks replacements:

    16. Kerron van Vuuren, 17. Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18. Wiehahn Herbst, 19. JJ van der Mescht, 20. Reniel Hugo, 21. Dylan Richardson, 22. Grant Williams, 23. Anthony Volmink

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LIONS STARTING XV

    And here's the starting line-up that Warren Gatland has named in keeping his promise of guaranteeing some playing time to every touring player before the first test match against South Africa.

    Tom Curry and Josh Navidi play for the first time in a Lions shirt, while Sam Simmonds makes his full debut after coming off the bench against the Sigma Lions.

    15. Liam Williams, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Elliot Daly, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Gareth Davies   

    1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Zander Fagerson, 4. Iain Henderson (c), 5. Adam Beard, 6. Josh Navidi, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Sam Simmonds

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CELL C SHARKS STARTING XV

    Here's how the 'home' side line-up from the start tonight.

    The Sharks are based in Durban but due to Coronavirus tonight's clash will be held at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

    15. Manie Libbok, 14. Werner Kok, 13. Jeremy Ward, 12. Marius Louw, 11. Thaakir Abrahams, 10. Curwin Bosch, 9. Jaden Hendrikse 

    1. Khwezi Mona, 2. Fez Mbatha, 3. Khutha Mchunu, 4. Ruben van Heerden, 5. Hyron Andrews, 6. James Venter, 7. Thembelani Bholi, 8. Phepsi Buthelezi (c)

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD AFTERNOON

    Welcome to our live blog of the British and Irish Lions second warm-up game in South Africa against the Cell C Sharks. 

    A turbulent week has seen the Lions’ scheduled clash with the Bulls on Saturday postponed, as well as South Africa’s game against Georgia on Friday cancelled – both due to Coronavirus cases within the team camps. 

    The British and Irish Lions though are in action again tonight against the Durban based Cell C Sharks. 

    The Cell C Sharks are well represented in the South Africa test team with nine players in the Sprinboks side, although that counts for nothing as none of them are in action this evening. 

    It means the Sharks will be fielding a considerably weaker side as Warren Gatland’s side look to follow up on their 56-14 rout of the Sigma Lions on Saturday.

    Gatland has named three debutants in his Lions starting fifteen this evening as he continues to experiment ahead of the first Test match against the World Champion Springboks on July 24. 

    Tom Curry and Josh Navidi make their Lions bows, while Sam Simmonds starts for the first time after coming off the bench against the Sigma Lions.

    Kick off tonight is at 6pm with the full team news coming up next. 

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