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England's John Spencer appointed manager of 2017 B&I Lions for tour of NZ

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LONDON - Former England captain John Spencer will manage the British and Irish Lions on their 2017 rugby tour of New Zealand.

The Lions announced the move on Wednesday, along with former Ireland captain Tom Grace as chairman of the board, replacing Gerald Davies.

Former centre Spencer was capped 14 times by England from 1969-71, and toured New Zealand with the 1971 Lions, the only Lions side to win their series against the All Blacks.

He has been on the Lions board since 2008.

Grace, a winger, toured South Africa with the victorious 1974 Lions and earned 25 caps for Ireland.

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