South Africa are open to "all options" to play the British & Irish Lions and are willing to travel to the United Kingdom to make sure the series goes ahead, director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said on Monday.
The British and Irish Lions will discuss this month whether to visit South Africa because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The British and Irish Lions announced on Wednesday they will host Japan in Edinburgh next June ahead of their tour of South Africa.
Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said he has asked about joining the coaching staff of fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland when he leads the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa next year.
Fears remain that COVID-19 may yet play a role in restricting international travel to South Africa, and also domestic travel within the country, and SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux says that will in all likelihood see the Lions tour moved to 2022.
Warren Gatland's first season in charge of the Chiefs ended far from the way he had planned, but he expects the team will be better for the experience next year under his temporary replacement, Clayton McMillan.
Warren Gatland says he would like to continue coaching at New Zealand's Chiefs next year if the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa is unable to go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The postponed Olympics will begin on July 23 while the Lions tour will start on July 31 and continue until Aug. 7.
Springbok Cheslin Kolbe has said he would rather play against the British & Irish Lions next year and forego the chance to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.
Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen remains upset about the decision that cost his side a potentially series-winning penalty against the British & Irish Lions in 2017.
The Olympics have been pushed back a year due to the global coronavirus pandemic, and will now start on July 23, 2021, the day before the first of three Tests on consecutive weekends between the Lions and the Springboks.
The British and Irish Lions are set to play in front of a record crowd for their 2021 tour of South Africa.
Warren Gatland will coach the British & Irish Lions for the tour of South Africa in 2021.
Sources have told ESPN the New Zealander is set to coach the British & Irish Lions for a third successive time.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said he is not available for the British & Irish Lions if offered the job tomorrow, but has left the door ajar for a role in the future.
Tom Hamilton sets the scene ahead of the British & Irish Lions' decisive third test against the All Blacks at Eden Park.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read will join an exclusive club on Saturday night when he plays his 100th Test in the series decider with the British & Irish Lions.