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Gregor Townsend among British & Irish Lions coaching staff


Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend will take cost of the British & Irish Lions’ assault as they confirmed their teaching employees for the tour of South Africa.

Townsend (Scotland), Robin McBryde (Leinster Rugby), Steve Tandy (Scotland) and Neil Jenkins (Wales) will help Warren Gatland on the tour to the house of reigning world champions the Springboks, in addition to the pre-Tour Check match towards Japan at Murrayfield on Saturday, 26 June.

Scotland head coach Townsend will take cost of the Lions’ assault. This would be the first time the previous Scotland flyhalf could have been a part of a Lions teaching staff, having beforehand toured South Africa triumphantly as a participant in 1997.

In the meantime, Tandy –  who’s a part of Townsend’s Scotland teaching set-up – will likely be liable for the Lions’ defence. Eire head coach Andy Farrell was set to proceed on this position from the 2017 tour of New Zealand, however reportedly withdrew on account of issues of lacking Eire’s tour of the Pacific Islands in July.

Former Wales assistant coach McBryde, now an assistant coach at PRO14 membership Leinster Rugby, will take duty of the forwards. McBryde will stay with Leinster till the conclusion of the season earlier than becoming a member of up with Gatland.

Welsh kicking coach Jenkins will take care of the kickers. This will likely be his sixth Tour as each a participant and coach.

‘I’m very happy to have assembled such a high-quality teaching staff,’ Gatland mentioned. ‘It’s a extremely sturdy group and I’m excited to see what we will obtain collectively – I feel we’ll all complement one another nicely in South Africa.

‘A Lions tour is a singular problem, so it’s vital to have some continuity within the teaching group. Neil understands the distinctive calls for that solely a Lions tour can current, and we are going to profit from his data and expertise.

‘Nevertheless it’s additionally vital to have new voices and a recent perspective. Gregor is doing a wonderful job accountable for Scotland and is an excellent coach. He additionally understands the challenges of touring South Africa as a participant and what it takes to win there, so I’m extraordinarily joyful he will likely be a part of the set-up.

‘Steve has made Scotland’s defence some of the organised in world rugby – one thing we noticed all through the latest Six Nations. He’s clearly an clever coach and somebody I’m very a lot wanting ahead to working with.

‘Clearly Robin is somebody who I do know very nicely from our time collectively in Wales. He’s a powerful and skilled coach who continues to have success with Leinster. I feel he’ll be nicely suited to the Lions atmosphere and I’m positive he’ll do a wonderful job with the forwards.

‘Because the tour approaches, we might look to herald some additional useful resource, however this would be the core group in the meanwhile.’

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