South Africa's loathing with the Lions: is this rugby’s most bitter rivalry?

The British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa has had plenty of angry flashpoints. It was ever thus when these sides meet

It is fair to say that this has been the most acrimonious British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa since … the last one.

These two sides only play each other once every 12 years. The lengthy gap between series only ever seems to make hearts grow ever more hateful.

Will Saturday’s deciding Test in Cape Town add more controversy? Browse through the gallery above to see where this potted history has gone before.

Updated: August 5th 2021, 6:59 AM
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