Lions head coach Warren Gatland and Tour Manager, Andy Irvine have confirmed the three Assistant Coaches for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.
Acting Head Coach of Wales, Rob Howley, will be joined by England Assistant Coaches, Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell. All three will work alongside Warren Gatland to form the core of the coaching team, with all but Farrell making their second successive Lions Tour.
Tour Manager Andy Irvine said, "Today is an exciting day and the next chapter in the 2013 Tour story. The selection of the coaching staff is significant, this experienced trio have proven track records and we are delighted to have them on board."
"Importantly I believe we now have in the Tour management team, in the areas of coaching, logistics, media, performance analysis and medical, continuity from previous Tours especially 2009. This is important as they all understand the challenges that lie ahead and the experience gained in South Africa will be essential as we head to Australia next year."
Warren Gatland said, "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. Lions Tours are unique as we have to mold together players from four different 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."
Andy Irvine also announced that Dr James Robson will once again lead the Tour medical team. Robson is the National Team Doctor for the Scottish Rugby Union, a role he has occupied since 2002. This will be his sixth successive Lions Tour following his initial appointment on the 1993 tour to New Zealand.
"The entire management team is delighted that James is onboard once again. His extensive experience of all things "Lions" is invaluable, and his knowledge of player management in terms of welfare and medical assistance is second to none. I congratulate James on this amazing personal milestone of six Tours and know that once again he will give everything to ensure the players are ready for the onfield challenges."
Management Team appointments to date:
CEO: John Feehan
Tour Manager: Andy Irvine
Coaching and Conditioning:
Head Coach: Warren Gatland
Assistant Coach: Rob Howley
Assistant Coach: Graham Rowntree
Assistant Coach: Andy Farrell
Head of Strength & Conditioning: Adam Beard
Fitness Coach: Paul Stridgeon
Head of Performance Analysis: Rhys Long
Performance Analyst: Rhodri Bown
Head of Medical: Dr James Robson
Physiotherapist: Prav Mathema
Physiotherapist: Phil Pask