The choice to launch a feminine British & Irish Lions touring group will likely be made earlier than the top of the yr, Lions’ chief government Ben Calveley has mentioned.
A feasibility research is underway to deal with the monetary and logistical hurdles that exist throughout the ladies’s recreation and to look into the viability of an abroad tour.
Nevertheless, Cavelely is optimistic that it’ll solely be a matter of time earlier than a feminine aspect is launched.
“We’ve all the time mentioned it is a case of when, not if, relating to the ladies’s Lions,” Caveley mentioned. “We predict ladies’s sport typically is driving one thing of a crest of a wave. We’d hope to be part of that.”
“We’re launching a feasibility research trying into how one can make a ladies’s group viable, the place it matches into the general cycle, who may you play towards, when may you play and so forth and so forth.
“We’ve launched that feasibility research, we are going to carry that over the second half of this yr after which we are going to carry ahead some suggestions. It’s actually one thing we’re taking a look at very, very significantly.”
From the house nations, solely England have a full-time worldwide arrange and all over the world just a few international locations are capable of help skilled ladies’s rugby, limiting the potential opposition a feminine Lions group might face.
New Zealand, France and North America are more likely to be choices for a ladies’s tour. Nevertheless, Australia and South Africa — tour locations for the boys’s aspect — might lack the depth of opposition for warm-up video games.
There’s additionally the difficulty of dates, with the tour needing to keep away from a conflict with the boys’s and girls’s World Cups.
Though the subsequent males’s tour is scheduled for 2025, Calveley has mentioned the research will present an optimum resolution for the ladies’s recreation.
“We would not assume if there was to be a ladies’s tour that it must occur similtaneously the boys or on the similar location as the boys,” Calveley mentioned. “It might be a totally completely different mannequin.
“We’ll get a gaggle of consultants to speak this by means of and see if we are able to give you an answer that works finest for the ladies’s recreation and we’ll make no assumptions earlier than we do the research.”