SA Rugby president
Mark Alexander has cautioned South African supporters against buying
illegal tickets for the much anticipated British & Irish Lions visit to
South Africa in 2021.
Alexander said: ‘Don’t buy tickets
until you get official confirmation from the SA Rugby and the
British & Irish Lions that the ballot is launched. Any tickets being sold
now are illegal and tickets being sold now don’t exist.’
The Lions, who tour South Africa
once every 12 years, will play eight matches, including a three-Test series
against the world champion Springboks.
Alexander reinforced to all rugby
fans the protocols around ticket registration and purchase.
‘Please register online at www.lionstour2021.co.za through the official channels,’ said
‘Registration confirms interest and at a later stage only those who
have officially registered qualify for the ballot, in which the ticket requests
‘It has been brought to my attention
that people have bought tickets. Unfortunately, these tickets are illegal. No
tickets have gone on sale for the British & Irish Lions’ eight matches.
There was an agreement between SA Rugby and the Lions to
postpone the ballot process (and sale of tickets) because of Covid-19.
‘The delay in launching the ballot
does not stop the registration process and we constantly are encouraging
supporters to register interest for the matches in South Africa. The ballot,
originally scheduled for April, will in all probability go live in September,
where ticket requests can officially be made.’
World Rugby is expected to announce
changes to the global international season, which has been disrupted because of
Alexander, as he has done on several
occasions, emphasised that the British & Irish Lions would definitely tour
South Africa in 2021 and the only change could be a shift in dates. The tour is
scheduled to start in July, but it may be that the start is a month or two
Registration works as follows: Once
your registration is complete, an automated email will be received for account
activation. Correspondence will be sent to the registered user, advising the
ballot process timelines.
Alexander, in explaining the ballot
system, said it was one used in all global major sporting events and that it
was the fairest method of obtaining tickets.
‘All applications will be processed
equally. Registration and entry into the ticket ballot will not automatically
entitle you to match-day tickets, but rather place you into a draw. After the
ticket ballot application phase has been completed the draw will take place by
a computerised selection process and you will be notified of the outcome of the
ballot and whether you have been successful in securing your preferred
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