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British and Irish Lions appoint first ever managing director

The British and Irish Lions have appointed Ben Calveley as their first full-time managing director.

Calveley will start his new role on November 12. He is currently chief operating officer for Six Nations Rugby Limited, on secondment from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) during which he has also led the Lions’ executive team and staff.

In a statement on their website, the Lions declared Calveley had been the “unanimous choice of the Board” to take the role, which was deemed necessary following a post-tour strategic review of the 2017 series in New Zealand.

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