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British & Irish Lions Select Howley, Rowntree & Farrell As Assistant Coaches for 2013 Tour to Australia

The British & Irish Lions tour manager, Andy Irvine, and Head Coach, Warren Gatland, this week announced the selection of key management and backroom staff, at Hopetoun House, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Lions have selected Rob Howley, Wales’ acting Head Coach, alongside England’s Assistant Coaches, Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell, as Assistant Coaches for the 2013 Lions Tour to Australia.

Speaking on the appointment at Hopetoun House, Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland, said:

“I am delighted with today’s appointments and confident that Rob, Graham, Andy and myself can come together quickly to face one of the hardest rugby challenges.  Lions Tours are unique as we have to mold together players from four different countries in an incredibly short space of time.”

“We have no illusion as to the hard work required but we have spoken of the challenges and truly believe that as a coaching team we can provide the players with the support and environment needed for victory in Australia. We will also discuss over the coming weeks the requirement for any further technical assistance.”

Graham Rowntree, Rob Howley, Warren Gatland and Andy Farrell - Lions Tour 2013 Coaching Staff
Graham Rowntree, Rob Howley, Warren Gatland and Andy Farrell – Lions Tour 2013 Coaching Staff

British & Irish Lions Appointments for 2013 Lions Tour

CEO: John Feehan

Tour Manager: Andy Irvine
Operations:

  • Director of Tour Operations: Guy Richardson
  • Logistics Officer:  Gerard Carmody
  • Baggage Master:  Patrick O’Reilly (Rala)
  • Lawyer:  Max Duthie

Security:

  • Head of Security:  Neil Strang

Coaching and Conditioning:

  • Head Coach: Warren Gatland
  • Assistant Coach: Rob Howley
  • Assistant Coach: Graham Rowntree
  • Assistant Coach: Andy Farrell
  • Head of Strength & Conditioning: Adam Beard
  • Fitness Coach:  Paul Stridgeon
  • Head of Performance Analysis: Rhys Long
  • Performance Analyst:  Rhodri Bown

Medical:

  • Head of Medical: Dr James Robson
  • Physiotherapist: Prav Mathema
  • Physiotherapist: Phil Pask

Media and Communications:

  • Head of Media & Communications: Greg Thomas
  • Media Manager: Dave Barton
  • Communications Manager: Christine Connolly

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