England captain Sarah Hunter adds to call for women’s Lions team

• Hunter eyes tours to France, North America and New Zealand
• England coach Simon Middelton: ‘It is a great idea’

The British & Irish Lions are coming under increasing pressure to create a women’s team after the England head coach, Simon Middleton, and the captain, Sarah Hunter, threw their weight behind the proposal.

The Lions have expressed ambition for a women’s team, but no more than that, and Hunter revealed players remain in the dark as to whether it will materialise. The creation of a women’s Barbarians side – who face England on Sunday at Twickenham – in 2017, however, has given rise to optimism that a Lions team will follow. With the former Rugby Football Union president Jason Leonard now Lions chairman, Hunter is hoping the wheels are set in motion.

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