Former British and Irish Lions and Wales international Ieuan Evans will succeed Jason Leonard as Chairman of The Lions Board on October 1st.

Evans’ role as chairman was confirmed following a robust process led by a nominations committee.

He toured with the Lions in 1989, 1993, and 1997 and is regarded as one of the greatest wings in Welsh history having scored 33 tries for his country over 11 years of international rugby.

Evans was recognised for his illustrious career when he received an MBE for services to rugby in 1996. Evans was also inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007 and later into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014.

“Having toured with the Lions at the peak of my international career, it’s an honour to be appointed chairman of The British & Irish Lions Board,” he said yesterday as news of his appointment was made public.

“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 & Irish Lions continues to thrive both on and off the pitch.”

Evans has been a brand ambassador for Accenture and RBS and a Board Member for the Wales Tourist Board and the 2010 Ryder Cup. He founded a marketing communications company called ICE14 and has also been a rugby analyst for Sky Sports and other media.

“I would like to congratulate Ieuan on being appointed as Chairman of the Lions Board,” added Lion’s managing director Ben Calveley added: “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 we visit.

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