British and Irish Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland has confirmed that Andy Farrell, Rob Howley and Steve Borthwick will be assistant coaches on the tour of New Zealand in 2017.
Steve Borthwick joins the coaching staff of the British Lions for the first time, fresh off the back of an unbeaten 2016 with England, where he helped transform the forwards and particularly the lineout – which will be a key factor in the success of the tour.
Farrell and Howley are Lions stalwarts with former England coach Farrell joining the staff for a second time, while Howley embarks on his fifth tour (three as a coach, two as a player).
Gatland said on the appointments: “In Rob and Andy, we have guys who understand the Lions concept, have worked together and know how to coach a winning Lions team.
“Steve has done a great job in shaping the England pack and played a major role in their recent run of success, so I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Lions hoping to make history against the World Champions
The British Lions will be looking to win back-to-back Test Series for the first time since the 1970’s when they travel to face Steve Hansen’s world champion All Blacks side in June and July 2017.
Under the stewardship of Gatland the Lions defeated Australia 2-1 in 2013, but many have wondered whether the 53-year-old is the right man to conquer the country of his birth.
Howley, who will be in charge of the Lions attacking play has also been questioned by fans and the media, particularly given how poorly Wales performed in an attacking sense during the Autumn Internationals.
Elsewhere the inclusion of Farrell seemed a very straightforward one. The former England international has enjoyed phenomenal success with Ireland since taking charge of their defence – with wins against New Zealand and South Africa.
The same is said about Borthwick. The former England captain has been a key figure in the transformation of the England Rugby team in 2016. His attention to detail and lineout strategy will be a real asset.
2017 British and Irish Lions Tour Fixtures
3 June – Provincial Union Team (Toll Stadium, Whangarei)
7 June – Blues (Eden Park, Auckland)
10 June – Crusaders (AMI Stadium, Christchurch)
13 June – Highlanders (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)
17 June – Maori (International Stadium, Rotorua)
20 June – Chiefs (Waikato Stadium, Hamilton)
24 June – New Zealand (First Test, Eden Park, Auckland)
27 June – Hurricanes (Westpac Stadium, Wellington)
1 July – New Zealand (Second Test, Westpac Stadium, Wellington)
8 July – New Zealand (Third Test, Eden Park, Auckland)
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