British and Irish Lions women's team under consideration

Last Updated: 19/05/17 4:51pm

Fans could get the chance to cheer on a women's Lions team

The introduction of a British and Irish Lions women's team is being explored, chief operating officer Charlie McEwen has confirmed.

McEwan says plans for a women's team can be stepped up after the men's schedule for the next 12 years has been confirmed.

"I think a British and Irish Lions women's team is an important step forward that the Lions should be making," he said.

"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."

The Lions tour of New Zealand starts June 3

McEwen said ongoing negotiations were positive about fitting future men's tours in the new global season after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

"First things first, we need to make sure that the Lions is secure for the future, which every intention is going that way," McEwen said.

"Once those conversations have finished and we have a plan for the next 12 years, our next three touring cycles, then I think we can look at other ways for the brand to evolve."

The Lions leave for their 10-match tour of New Zealand later this month.