Ieuan Evans: Former Wales captain named as new British and Irish Lions chairman

David Skippers

Former Wales captain and wing Ieuan Evans has been appointed as Jason Leonard’s successor as chairman of the British and Irish Lions board.

The Lions announced that the 58-year-old will take up the position on October 1, 2022.

Evans represented the Lions in seven Tests on tours to Australia (1989), New Zealand (1993) and South Africa (1997) and played in 72 Tests for Wales, scoring 33 tries.

He also captained Wales when they won the Five Nations Championship in 1994.

Honoured by appointment

“Having toured with the Lions at the peak of my international career, it is an honour to be appointed chairman of the British and Irish Lions board,” said Evans.

“Lions tours are unique in the world of sport, both in terms of the ultimate challenge they represent and the cultural impact they have.”

Lions managing director Ben Calveley added: “I have no doubt Ieuan will lead the board in our mission to deliver rugby with purpose to players, fans, the game and communities we visit.

“I would also like to thank and pay tribute to Jason Leonard for his commitment and excellent term since being appointed in 2019.”

The Lions are set to tour Australia in 2025.

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