British & Irish Lions set to introduce women’s team

The British & Irish Lions insist it is a case of “when not if” they have a women’s team, according to an exclusive report from Rugby World.

When questioned about the subject, managing director Ben Calveley said: “Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?

“If you look at women’s sport generally – and women’s rugby is no different – it’s going from strength to strength.

“We had a wonderful Women’s World Cup in Ireland recently and I’m sure the next edition will be similarly fantastic. Then there’s the inclusion in the Olympics of sevens.

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“Who doesn’t want to be part of that? It’s in the when not if category.”

Wales winger Jasmine Joyce also backed the idea, saying to the BBC: “If the men can do it, then why can’t the women?

“It’s very similar to the Barbarians, although obviously it’s just the four countries.”

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