RFL CEO and RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood has given the biggest indication yet that the Great Britain and Ireland Lions could be resurrected, and tours returned to the international calendar.
He this week told BBC that “it’s not a forgone conclusion, but I wouldn’t be having this discussion if I didn’t have a degree of confidence.”
Wood hopes that the next three years feature a Kiwis tour of England in 2018, a Lions tour to the Southern Hemisphere in 2019, and a Kangaroo tour in 2020.
In Wood’s vision, the tours would include Tests against Tier 2 nations (we hate that term) as well, in order to “give them access to playing against England, Australia and New Zealand.”
Giving them access to their own players instead of poaching them would probably be more beneficial, but in the absence of respectable international eligibility laws, more games will have to do.