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British & Irish Lions chiefs planning women’s tour

The British & Irish Lions have revealed long-range plans to launch a women’s Test team.

Chief operating officer Charlie McEwen believes Lions bosses can start planning a women’s team in earnest once discussions are complete on the men’s post-2019 global calendar.


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“At some point in the future I think a British & 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.”