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Gatland names support staff for Lions

12 December 2012 13:58

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has announced his coaching support team for the 2013 tour of Australia.

Gatland - who has coached Wales since 2007 - won the job after leading his side to success in the 2012 Six Nations.

Taking on the Lions job means Gatland has had to cut back his commitments with Wales for the time being, with Robin McBryde stepping in as interim coach for the country's tour of Japan next year.

With Gatland being able to dedicate all his time to the Lions, he will hope to lead the team to their first series win in Australia since 1989.

He has appointed Welshman Rob Howley and English pair Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell as his assistant, with Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards narrowly missing out.

"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," Gatland said.

"Lions tours are unique as we have to mould together players from four 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."

The Lions will play three Tests against Australia in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in June and July next year.

They will also play a series of matches against Super Rugby sides based in Australia as preparation.

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