Andy Farrell and Steve Borthwick set for Lions coaching roles

  • Warren Gatland is to name his backroom staff to tour New Zealand on Wednesday
  • Andy Farrell and Steve Borthwick look set to be among the assistant coaches
  • Rob Howley and Neil Jenkins are also leading contenders to join Gatland’s staff
Former England internationals Andy Farrell and Steve Borthwick look set to be among the assistant coaches for next summer’s British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Current Wales interim head coach Rob Howley is also predicted to be among Lions head coach Warren Gatland’s choices, while Wales’ record international points-scorer Neil Jenkins is the current favourite to be the kicking specialist.



The Kiwi could still yet spring a surprise in terms of his attack coach options, having previously indicated that he could travel with two people heading up the Lions’ attacking strategy.

Gregor Townsend had been firmly in the frame, but he takes over from Vern Cotter as Scotland head coach at the end of this season and will lead their summer tour of Australia.



Rumours have been rife in the last few days that Gatland could bolster his staff with another big-hitter.

Former England and Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan is possibly on the radar, while Saracens’ trophy double-winning rugby director Mark McCall also has many admirers.


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