British and Irish Lions 2021: Touring social gathering vaccinated earlier than South Africa tour

Louis Rees-Zammit on the first gathering of the 2021 British and Irish Lions, carrying the mascot because the youngest participant within the 37-man party

The British and Irish Lions squad personal acquired their first coronavirus vaccinations prior to the summer season tour of South Africa.

All members of the travelling party personal been vaccinated with the avid gamers visiting a location in London on Wednesday to be given the Pfizer jab.

Best Scotland flit-half of Finn Russell modified into as quickly as missing as he depends at Racing 92 in Paris and has already been vaccinated.

The Lions face South Africa in a 3-match Take a look at sequence in July and August.

The UK authorities permitted the switch to protect Warren Gatland’s squad prior to their check with to South Africa, a red-list vacation spot that’s seeing a rising sequence of coronavirus instances.

The Lions hope all 37 avid gamers will fetch their 2nd vaccinations by the tip of their pre-tour teaching camp in Jersey, which begins on 14 June and leads into the warm-up sport in opposition to Japan at Murrayfield 12 days later.

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Gatland and his administration crew are already developed of their vaccination programme.

It is delicate now not recognized whether or not the Lions shall be required to quarantine for 11 nights in a government-permitted resort after they return from South Africa on August 9.

Discussions over receiving dispensation on the premise they are going to be working in a bubble environment are ongoing.

The Lions touring party met up for the primary time this week after Gatland named his squad earlier this month.

British and Irish Lions 2021 schedule (all cases BST)

26 June – Japan, 15: 00 (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)

3 July – Emirates Lions, 17: 00 (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)

7 July – Cell C Sharks, 19: 00 (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)

10 July – Vodacom Bulls, 17: 00 (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)

14 July – South Africa ‘A’ Crew, 19: 00 (Cape City Stadium, Cape City)

17 July – DHL Stormers, 17: 00 (Cape City Stadium, Cape City)

24 July – First Take a look at v Springboks, 17: 00 (Cape City Stadium, Cape City)

31 July – 2nd Take a look at v Springboks, 17: 00 (Soccer Metropolis, Johannesburg)

7 August – Third Take a look at v Springboks, 17: 00 (Soccer Metropolis, Johannesburg)

Who’s within the British and Irish Lions 2021 squad?

Captain: Alun Wyn Jones (Wal)

Forwards: Tadhg Beirne (Ire), Jack Conan (Ire), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Eng), Tom Curry (Eng), Zander Fagerson (Sco), Taulupe Faletau (Wal), Tadhg Furlong (Ire), Jamie George (Eng), Iain Henderson (Ire), Jonny Hill (Eng), Maro Itoje (Eng), Wyn Jones (Wal), Courtney Lawes (Eng), Ken Owens (Wal), Andrew Porter (Ire), Sam Simmonds (Eng), Rory Sutherland (Sco), Justin Tipuric (Wal), Mako Vunipola (Eng), Hamish Watson (Sco).

Backs: Josh Adams (Wal), Bundee Aki (Ire), Dan Biggar (Wal), Elliot Daly (Eng), Gareth Davies (Wal), Owen Farrell (Eng), Chris Harris (Sco), Robbie Henshaw (Ire), Stuart Hogg (Sco), Conor Murray (Ire), Ali Construct (Sco), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wal), Finn Russell (Sco), Duhan van der Merwe (Sco), Anthony Watson (Eng), Liam Williams (Wal).

Who’re the British and Irish Lions 2021 coaches?

Head coach: Warren Gatland

Assistant coaches: Gregor Townsend, Robin McBryde, Steve Tandy, Neil Jenkins.

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