Jason Leonard, Steve Brown join British & Irish Lions board

Former England prop Jason Leonard, with ball, went on three British & Irish Lions tours between 1993 and 2001. Alex Livesey /Allsport

Jason Leonard and Steve Brown have joined the British & Irish Lions board as representatives of the Rugby Football Union.

Former England prop, Leonard -- who won five Lions Test caps over three tours between 1993 and 2001 -- and new RFU CEO Brown replace 2017 tour manager John Spencer and Ian Ritchie respectively.

"I'd like to thank John and Ian for their contribution to the Lions. John did a fantastic job as tour manager in New Zealand and we wish him all the best in his RFU Presidency," Lions board chairman Tom Grace said.

"Ian was the first RFU chief executive to sit on the Board and brought a lot of experience and expertise to the role. Again, we wish him well in his retirement.

"We welcome Jason and Steve to the Board. Jason is a three times Lions tourist [1993, 1997 and 2001] and will bring both a player and an administrator's perspective. Steve's recent appointment as CEO is testament to the confidence the RFU have in him and we believe the Lions will also benefit from his involvement.

"The appetite and support for the Lions has never been stronger and we are looking forward to Jason and Steve's contribution."

Leonard's first taste of the Lions came on the 1993 tour of New Zealand, and he was a member of the squad who beat South Africa four years later, before touring Australia in 2001.