Wednesday 27 March 2019

British and Irish Lions face name change if Scotland votes for independence

Tommy Bowe, left, and Jonathan Sexton, British & Irish Lions, celebrate victory over Australia. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Tommy Bowe, left, and Jonathan Sexton, British & Irish Lions, celebrate victory over Australia. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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The British and Irish Lions could be forced into a name change if Scotland votes for independence next week.

John Spencer, England's representative on the Lions board, told the Daily Telegraph that such a scenario had not yet been mentioned.

But he confirmed it would need to be discussed at the next Lions board meeting if a 'Yes' vote materialises.

The Lions claimed a 2-1 Test series victory in Australia last year. Their next tour is to New Zealand in 2017, for which Spencer has already been confirmed as manager.

Selection for Lions squads currently covers players from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

It is thought a switch to 'The Lions' could be favoured if Scotland decides to leave the United Kingdom.

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