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24th April 2013 14:33

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SKY_MOBILE Neil Jenkins Wales

Jenkins: Named kicking coach for Lions tour

Former Wales fly-half Neil Jenkins has been appointed as an assistant coach for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in June.

Jenkins will fulfil the same technical kicking coach role as he did on the Lions' 2009 tour to South Africa.

He joins fellow countryman Robert Howley, and Englishmen Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree as assistant coaches to Warren Gatland.

"It is a great honour to once again be part of a British and Irish Lions tour," said Jenkins.

"I am delighted and grateful to have been offered this opportunity to join the 2013 coaching staff."

"As a player I was lucky enough to tour Australia with the Lions in 2001, it is a great country and they are one of the top teams in world rugby.

"I have clear ideas of what I would like to contribute and I cannot wait to get out onto the training pitch and get started."

The 41-year-old, who scored 1,090 international points during a playing career that also saw him represent the Lions on their 1997 tour of South Africa, has been working under Gatland in the Welsh national setup.

"Neil was one of the foremost kickers in the game, both out of the hand and in terms of goal kicking during his career. He has been working in the coaching environment in this crucial area with great success in recent years with Wales," said Gatland.

"The tour to Australia will be one hell of a challenge and we need to ensure that our approach in all aspects of the game is first rate.

"Tactical kicking, when to kick, how to kick, and of course converting points through penalties and conversions is crucial to on-field success.

"Neil brings extensive knowledge to the squad in this area and the players can only benefit from this."