A panel is contemplating merging England and Ireland’s women’s rugby team to form what can be called the “British and Irish Lions’’ team. The panel consists of 13 people including current international and former international rugby players. Former Wales and Lion wing Lauren Evans is going to become the chairperson of the panel. Ireland’s Niamh Briggs and England’s Shaunagh Brown, both current players are also part of this panel.
Women's rugby is experiencing unprecedented growth around the world, with participation levels continuing to increase every year. A women's Lions team is a big opportunity for the women's game, and I am looking forward to working with the steering group to assess its viability.
I believe a women's Lions team is a huge opportunity, but there are a number of challenges to consider when looking to create a successful women's set-up. Financial viability, suitable opposition, and appropriate scheduling in the women's rugby calendar will all need rigorous analysis, research, and careful consideration.
Ben Calveley, Lions managing director