Lions target top two inches

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 07:08
Large rob howley h s Large gatland farrell rowntree ho Large rob howley points 630 Large howley gatland rowntree fa2

Rob Howley reckons the top two inches will be crucial if the British and Irish Lions are to secure series success over the Wallabies next year.

Rob Howley reckons the top two inches will be crucial if the British and Irish Lions are to secure series success over the Wallabies next year.

Howley will make his second tour as an assistant coach and fourth in all, after Warren Gatland selected him among his backroom staff last week.

And while much has been made of the need to dominate the Australians physically in the three-match series in late June and early July, the former Wales scrumhalf knows that the Lions will have to show significant mental strength and intelligence to see off David Pocock and co.

"It's going to take smart, intelligent rugby, with talented players who are allowed to go out and play," said Howley.

"The Australians are hugely talented, intelligent, creative rugby players and they've got a lot of strength in depth. They've got the ability to create something out of nothing when their backs are against the wall.

"We have to match that smartness and I think that's going to be the key to being successful out in Australia."

And while Howley will be looking for mental resolve and real rugby brains with the playing squad, he is convinced he and his fellow coaches will be smarter than they were in 2009 thanks to their experiences on that tour to South Africa under the tutelage of Sir Ian McGeechan.

"For me, 2009 was hugely important," added Howley, who says he and fellow coaches Warren Gatland, Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell will all work as one Down Under.

"Both Graham and I had been to South Africa as players but on a coaching front you realise just how little time you have. You look at the preparation back then and it's an even tighter schedule this time in 2013. We'll be meeting up just two weeks before we play the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

"We've got a very good understanding now as coaches. I've been very friendly with Graham – I got to know him particularly well on the South Africa tour. We work well together and Warren has seen that in 2009.

"I think Graham and Warren will work quite closely with the forwards, and me and Andy with the backs, with Andy primarily with defence and me on attack. But the way it worked back in 2009 is that we all helped each other. We all put into that pot together.

"The one thing about Warren and the environment he creates is that we all have an opinion and we all challenge each other. Hopefully that becomes very evident to the players and you get the same messages, whether that's attack, defence or forward play."

Source: lionsrugby.com

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
Ulster v Treviso 19h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 19h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 19h45 Kingston Park
Sat, 25 November 2017
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 12h45 Welford Road
Bath v Harlequins 12h45 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Edinburgh
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 17h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Liberty Stadium
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Zebre v Munster 13h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 15h00 Madejski Stadium
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
B&I Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0
Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
NSW-Queensland 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
NZ Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Maori All Blacks 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0