Tonight’s rugby news as Wales legend lands major Lions job and Welsh international pulls out of squad

Tonight’s rugby news as Wales legend lands major Lions job and Welsh international pulls out of squad

Here are the latest rugby evening headlines for Wednesday, July 27.

Former Wales wing Evans named Lions chairman

Former Wales winger Ieuan Evans has been confirmed as the new chairman of the British and Irish Lions board.

Evans, who toured with the Lions in 1989, 1993 and 1997, will succeed former England prop Jason Leonard in the role on October 1 this year, having been confirmed following a robust process lead by a nominations committee.

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During his playing days, Evans scored 33 tries for his country across 11 years of Test rugby. He was recognised for his career in 1996 when he received an MBE for services to rugby, while he has also been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2srcsrc7 and the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2src14.

Since retiring, Evans was elected as a National Council Member of the Welsh Rugby Union by member clubs in 2src2src, winning a three-way vote against incumbent Gareth Davies and Nigel Davies. The following year, he was elected to the position of vice-chair of the Welsh Rugby Union – a position he still holds.

Evans said of his Lions appointment: “Having toured with the Lions at the peak of my international career, it’s an honour to be appointed chairman of The British and Irish Lions board. Lions’ tours are unique in the world of sport, both in terms of the ultimate challenge they represent and the cultural impact they have, and form an integral part of the rugby ecosystem.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, Ben Calveley and his executive team, and building on the great work Jason Leonard has done over the last few years and ensuring The British and Irish Lions continues to thrive both on and off the pitch.”

Ben Calveley, British and Irish Lions’ managing director, said: “I would like to congratulate Ieuan on being appointed as chairman of the Lions board. Ieuan made a hugely positive impact on the Lions throughout his three tours and on the game itself. Given Ieuan’s experience both as a player and in his equally successful professional career, I’ve no doubt he will lead the board in our mission to deliver rugby with purpose to players, fans, the game and communities w

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