Sky Sports has secured the rights to the 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa, with games to be shown live and exclusively on Sky in the UK.

In addition to the three-test rugby union series, Sky will also get the rights to five warm-up matches.

“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,” said Rob Webster, Sky Sports’ managing director.

“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.”

This agreement marks the seventh successive Lions Tour that Sky has broadcast, with the partnership entering its 25th year in 2021.

Fans will be able to follow the tour across a number of Sky platforms, including Sky Sports News, via the Sky Sports app, on SkySports.com and via Sky Sports social channels.

Warren Gatland, head coach for the Tour, said: “Lions Tours are always unique, but to take on the world champions in their backyard will be something very special.

“Having toured there in 2009 I know the scale of the task ahead of us – playing in South Africa presents a number of unique challenges such as playing at altitude, while the Boks will always be physical, aggressive and highly motivated.

“History tells you it’s a tough place to tour, but I am confident that we can go there and win.Sky Sports always do an excellent job covering the Tour, so I am delighted they are on board again.”