Women’s Lions team in pipe­line

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: The grow­ing ap­peal of women’s rugby is likely to see a Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions tour of their own, the Lions chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Char­lie McEwen said on Fri­day.

How­ever, any such plan will have to wait till af­ter the Lions have fought their own cor­ner in pre­serv­ing the tra­di­tional 10match itin­er­ary in dis­cus­sions over the men’s post 2019 global cal­en­dar.

“At some point in the fu­ture I think a Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions women’s team is an im­por­tant step for­ward that the Lions should be mak­ing,” said McEwen.

“There is a place for a women’s Lions team, lots of peo­ple have been talk­ing about it.

“Whether that’s in the next two or three years, whether that’s in five, 10 years, who knows?

“I would love to see that plan pro­gress­ing, and there could po­ten­tially be op­por­tu­ni­ties to tour Canada or New Zealand, as just two ex­am­ples.” AFP

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