All test matches between South Africa and British and Irish Lions to be played in Cape Town

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has recovered from Covid-19 to be named in the starting XV to face the British and Irish Lions in the first Test in Cape Town .

Kolisi leads a side which includes 11 of the players who started the World Cup final win over England in 2019.

He played in the win over Georgia on 2 July, but only joined up with the squad in Cape Town on Monday after having to self-isolate for 10 days.

Handre Pollard will win his 50th international cap after being selected at fly-half. The Test series will be played at the Cape Town Stadium at the same time on three successive Saturdays from 24 July to 7 August.

The series was scheduled to head to Johannesburg for the second and third Tests after starting in Cape Town.

However, the decision to remain in Cape Town was made following “extensive consultation” with medical experts.

The Lions’ managing director Ben Calveley said the touring party were “fully supportive” of the decision, which is in “the best interest of the Test series”.

The Lions played their opening two games of the tour in Johannesburg before facing the Sharks in Pretoria then moving to Cape Town.

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