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England coaches set for Lions nod

08th December 2012 09:50


SKY_MOBILE Farrell Andy Rowntree Graham

Farrell and Rowntree: Heading to Australia with the Lions next year

Warren Gatland is expected to name Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell as part of his Lions coaching set-up next week.

The England coaches should be confirmed for the tour of Australia next year, along with Wales interim boss Rob Howley, when the official announcement is made on Wednesday.

Howley took charge of Wales for the early part of their November international campaign, with Gatland beginning his Lions work as he recovered from serious heel injuries suffered in an accident earlier this year.

He will also lead Wales into the Six Nations early in 2013 with Gatland concentrating on further Lions preparations ahead of the tour which begins on June 22 in Brisbane.

Rowntree was part of Ian McGeechan's team during the 2009 tour of South Africa, along with Howley, but it will be a first involvement for Farrell - who only retired from the playing ranks that year.

Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree heading to Australia with the Lions next summer