Steve Borthwick responds to reports he could join Lions coaching team

Steve Borthwick has responded to reports that he could tour South Africa with the British and Irish Lions next summer.

The 40-year-old had been tipped to reprise his role in 2021 as an assistant coach to Warren Gatland after playing a key role in the Lions’ drawn series with New Zealand in 2017.

The new head coach said: “It’s never been mentioned; never been mentioned and it’s never crossed my mind, to be honest.

“I’m not one to give statements without having put any thought behind them. So I’ve not thought about that, I’ve not put any thought to that at all.”


Sir Ian McGeechan picks seven Englishmen in his Lions 2021 XV

15: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

14: Anthony Watson (England)

“I’d definitely have Watson. He’s great under the high ball, has unbelievable feet and would be outstanding on hard South African grounds.”

13: Jonathan Davies (Wales)

12: Manu Tuilagi (England)

“At 12, I have to go with Manu. There’s such power there. And you’ll need that.”

11: Liam Williams (Wales)