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British & Irish Lions face fixture cuts as part of global overhaul

The British and Irish Lions won their last Test series over Australia in 2013. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The length of future British & Irish Lions tours is under the microscope as leading English clubs call for a reduction.

The Daily Mail has reported that a new condensed tour format of eight matches is on the agenda as part of ongoing discussions of a global season overhaul.

Warren Gatland will lead the Lions to his native New Zealand this year for 10 matches -- three of which are Tests against the All Blacks.

Lions chief executive John Feehan is reluctant to have less tour games, but concedes that may be the best case scenario for all parties.

"Compromise has to be part of the deal,' Feehan told the Daily Mail.

"There may be some adjusting -- timing, the number of games -- but the key point is that all of the unions recognise the importance of the Lions.'