Warren Gatland has named his assistants for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour
The Kiwi masterminded a 2-1 series victory on the Lions tour of Australia in 2013
Warren Gatland has named Steve Borthwick, Andy Farrell and Rob Howley as his assistants for the Lions tour of New Zealand.
Gatland led Wales to two Six Nations Grand Slams before masterminding a 2-1 series victory on the Lions tour of Australia in 2013.
Farrell and Howley reprise the roles they filled under Gatland on the successful 2013 tour of Australia, while forwards coach Borthwick joins the staff after helping England rack up 14 straight Test wins.
“I am excited about this coaching team,” Gatland said.
“I said from the outset it was important to have continuity because we need to hit the ground running, given the limited preparation time.
“In Rob and Andy we have guys who understand the Lions concept, have worked together and know how to coach a winning Lions team.
“It’s also important to have some new input.
“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.”
Borthwick never tour with the Lions as a player and has only recently been appointed to the top tier of international coaching
Howley remains Wales’ interim boss in Gatland’s absence while Farrell helped Joe Schmidt mastermind Ireland’s first win over New Zealand earlier this summer.
The Lions will play three Tests against New Zealand in June and July. It is the first Lions tour to the country since a 3-0 whitewash in 2005.
New Zealander Gatland will announce his playing squad for next summer’s tour on 19 April.