Warren Gatland announces team for South African tour

Warren Gatland announced the British & Irish Lions coaching team for 2021 South African tour today. The team includes Robin McBryde (Leinster Rugby), Neil Jenkins (Wales), Gregor Townsend (Scotland), and Steve Tandy (Scotland).

Warren Gatland announces team for South African tour

Scotland head coach Townsend guided Scotland to their first double over France and England for the first time since 1926.

This will be the first time the former Scottish fly-half will have been part of a Lions coaching team. He previously toured South Africa triumphantly as a player in 1997.

“The Springboks are a formidable opponent on home turf. But looking at the talent in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. it is a hugely exciting opportunity for us to do something special.

“One of the great challenges of a Lions Tour is to bring together players from four different countries, in a short space of time, and create an attacking threat that will cause the opposition problems. It’s something I am already looking forward to.”

Fellow colleague Tandy will be responsible for the Lions defense and has experience touring with Gregor Townsend

Six Nations Rugby | Scotland boss Townsend to assist Warren Gatland on  British & Irish Lions Tour

Former Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is employed by Leinster Rugby in the PRO14. He will take responsibility for the Lions forwards.

“I am very much looking forward to linking up with Warren and being part of his coaching group again,” said McBryde.

We’ve seen some excellent rugby in the Six Nations recently with some stand out performances by players from the four Home Nations – especially some of the forwards.

That’s really positive for the Lions.

“South African rugby is known for its physicality. So we’ll be under no illusions of what to expect when we arrive.

The challenge for us will be to come together quickly and be physical and uncompromising in the way we play.”

Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree will not be going on tour

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