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Anthony Eddy and Niamh Briggs to take part in Women's Lions feasibility study

The group will be chaired by former British & Irish Lion Ieuan Evans.
Oct 12th 2021, 10:39 AM 3,166 6

THE BRITISH AND Irish Lions have formed a new feasibility steering group to examine the prospect of launching a Women’s Lions tour.

Anthony Eddy, the IRFU’s director of Sevens and Women’s Rugby, and former Ireland out-half Niamh Briggs will both be involved in the 13-person group.

The group will be chaired by former British & Irish Lion Ieuan Evans, and is made up of a mix of administrators, business executives, and rugby internationals.

“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,” said Ben Calveley, The British & Irish Lions Managing Director.

“Financial viability, suitable opposition and appropriate scheduling in the women’s rugby calendar will all need rigorous analysis, research and careful consideration.”

Ieuan Evans, added: “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.”

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The study will be funded by insurance firm Royal London, who are also the inaugural ‘principal partner’ of the Women’s Lions programme. 

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