Lancaster salutes English Lions

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:58
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They all have a team first attitude

England head coach Stuart Lancaster congratulated Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree on their appointments as British & Irish Lions assistant coaches.

The pair will be seconded to the Lions in May following the Six Nations and join a team including head coach Warren Gatland and assistant coach Rob Howley.

Lancaster 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."

Farrell and Rowntree will be joined by three other members of the England management – Senior Physiotherapist Phil Pask, National Fitness Coach Paul Stridgeon and Senior England Teams Media Manager Dave Barton.

"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," added Lancaster.

"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."