The Lions Trust exists to connect with, nurture and support all Lions players in need whilst furthering the spirit, values and ethos of The British & Irish Lions throughout rugby clubs across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
A Lions Tour is a unique event, built on the foundations of respect, unity and generosity of spirit, therefore The Lions Trust is made up solely of trustees that have represented the Lions on Tour. Fergus Slattery is the chairman of trustees, while Richard Hill, Gavin Hastings and Sam Warburton are also members of the board.
The Trust’s purpose is to fulfil and further the values of the Lions through practical and direct means, which means contributing to the Lions’ responsibility to the past while also helping protect the future of rugby’s most special sporting and social entity. A key priority is the welfare of Lions players who can’t access the necessary financial, medical and appropriate complementary support required to live in a dignified manner or maintain their personal wellbeing at a level befitting people who have honoured our legendary jersey.
The Trust provides financial support for the home unions’ funds for injured players and offers assistance to Lions who may have fallen on hard times. They also seek to nurture ongoing relationships with all Lions, irrespective of their personal circumstances, to recognise and celebrate the contributions they have made to building the Lions legacy – on and off the field of play. Finally, The Lions Trust is committed to the promotion and, where appropriate, direct support of any Home Union initiative that broadens and deepens connection with the Lions and our ethos among grassroots clubs, communities and players at all levels.
Who are the Trustees?
Fergus Slattery (Chairman) – The former Ireland international backrow forward was capped 61 times for his country, including 18 as captain, and was selected for the Lions Tours to New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974. An International Rugby Hall of Famer, he played in all four Tests against the Springboks and captained the side for two provincial matches.
Richard Hill (Trustee) – The flanker made 71 appearances for his country during an 11-year international career and was at the heart of England’s World Cup-winning side in 2003. He was a three-time Lions tourist, travelling to South Africa in 1997, Australia in 2001 and New Zealand in 2005, and earned five Test caps in the famous red jersey.
Gavin Hastings (Trustee) – The Scottish rugby legend played 61 times for his country, including 20 as captain, and is widely regarded as one of the best players his country has ever produced. The fullback made his Lions bow in 1986 against a Rest of the World XV, before playing in all three Tests on the 1989 Tour to Australia. He was then captain for the 1993 Tour to New Zealand.
Sam Warburton (Trustee) – The Wales openside flanker played 74 times for his country after making his debut in 2009, leading them out on 49 of those appearances during a nine-year international career. At the age of 24, Warburton was made the youngest Lions captain of all time for the 2013 Tour to Australia and took the armband four years later in New Zealand.