British and Irish Lions Women's team to tour New Zealand in 2027

The tour has been scheduled to be played in September 2027
The tour has been scheduled to be played in September 2027

The British and Irish Lions have announced that the women's team will be touring New Zealand in 2027 for their inaugural tour.

The news follows after a conclusion of a feasibility study that involves creating a Lions Women’s Tour with a consultation process exploring brand, commercial, financial, spectator, logistical, and scheduling considerations with September 2027 set to provide them with optimum time though the fixtures are yet to be finalised.

“Supporting the growth of the women’s game is a key strategic priority for The British & Irish Lions as it is for each of our Unions. Significant effort has gone into exploring the concept of a Lions Women’s Tour and great credit needs to go to the members of our steering committee, our board, and our staff," said CEO of British and Irish Lions Ben Calveley.

“In particular, I want to recognise the collaboration of our four Unions and thank them for their continued support and the level of commitment they have shown throughout this journey. I would also like to thank World Rugby for the reforms to regulation 9 which makes this Tour possible in 2027.

"We are also very grateful to all the clubs as well as wider stakeholders who have all been very supportive and accommodating during this process. We look forward to collaborating further with all stakeholders over the coming months to finalise plans for this historic Tour."

The Black Ferns were the winners of the last two Rugby World Cups and the series with Lions is set to involve three Tests apart from the tour games. Royal London has been confirmed as the founding partner for the Lions Women's team with Howden as the Series Title Partner for the Tour to New Zealand.

“It is also significant that we are announcing two major commercial partnerships for the Lions Women’s Tour today which is recognition of the huge potential of the Tour, the desire for large brands and organisations to be associated with it, as well as the growth of women’s rugby," Calveley added.

"Royal London has been an outstanding partner to The British & Irish Lions and a consistent advocate both for this Tour and for the women’s game. Their aim is to make a positive impact on women’s rugby and continue its growth and success story and we are honoured to have them on board.”

“We are thrilled to confirm Howden as the Series Title Partner for the Tour to New Zealand. They have demonstrated a real appetite and desire to support the women’s game and get behind this Tour and we look forward to working closely with them in the years ahead.”

“Playing three Test matches against the current world champions, the Black Ferns in New Zealand in front of thousands of fans represents the ultimate challenge and makes for a fantastic sporting spectacle. We look forward to working with all our stakeholders including New Zealand Rugby to finalise an exciting inaugural Tour.”


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