Borthwick, Howley, Farrell set for Lions coaching roles

Steve Borthwick

Steve Borthwick, Rob Howley and Andy Farrell are set to named as assistants to British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland for next year’s tour of New Zealand.

Howley, Wales’ interim coach, and Farrell have toured with the Lions before, while Borthwick has impressed as England forwards coach.

Neil Jenkins, Wales’ top points-scorer, is likely to be a kicking specialist.

The Lions will play three Tests against New Zealand in June and July.

It is the first Lions tour to the country since a 3-0 whitewash in 2005.

Borthwick, 37, worked with Eddie Jones during Japan’s memorable 2015 World Cup campaign, which included victory over South Africa, before joining the Australian’s England staff.

Farrell, 41, was one of Gatland’s assistants during the Lions’ 2-1 Test series victory over Australia in 2013, while Howley, 46, was part of the coaching staff for both that tour, and the 2009 series in South Africa.

Gatland will announce his squad for next summer’s tour on 19 April.

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