- Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell to coach 2013 Lions in Australia
- “Appointments are credit to the England team and the RFU” – Lancaster
England coaches Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell have been appointed to the British and Irish Lions coaching team for the 2013 tour to Australia.
Rowntree and Farrell will take the prestigious secondment to the Lions in May after the RBS 6 Nations and will join a team including the Wales pair of Head Coach Warren Gatland and Attack Coach Rob Howley.
Forwards Coach Rowntree was part of the Lions tour to South Africa in 2009 while dual code international Farrell, who leads on defence for England, achieves the honour after starting his coaching career at Saracens in 2009 and first joining England for the 2012 Six Nations.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster believes the selection of two of his coaching team is credit to England as a team and says the experience the pair gather will only benefit England in the long term.
He said: “I am delighted for Andy and Graham. They have worked hard to achieve this honour and it is a credit to them, the England team and the RFU that they have been asked to coach the best players from the Home Unions.
“They, along with Mike Catt, are fundamental to what we are trying to build with England and I know they will return from Australia with new skills which will benefit us. We wish them and the Lions every success.”
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Farrell and Rowntree will be joined by three other members of the England management team: Senior Physiotherapist Phil Pask, Fitness Coach Paul Stridgeon and Senior England Teams Media Manager Dave Barton.
England embark on a two Test, four game tour to Argentina in June and Lancaster added that the coaching and support team for that series will be announced in due course.
“To have five representatives from England’s coaching and management team represent the Lions is testament to their skills and expertise in their fields. They all have a ‘team first’ attitude which will serve the Lions well,” Lancaster said.
"We will confirm the coaching and support teams for the Barbarians match and the tour to Argentina over the coming months but in the meantime we are all fully focussed on preparing for the Scotland match on February 2."