Graham Rowntree again gets British & Irish Lions call as Warren Gatland finalises coaching set-up for New Zealand tour

Graham Rowntree
Graham Rowntree to return to Lions set-up for FIFTH tour of duty (Photo: PA)

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Warren Gatland has asked Graham Rowntree to help the British and Irish Lions beat New Zealand this summer.

Gatland turned to Harlequins’ forwards coach yesterday, requesting that he joins a backroom team already comprising Andy Farrell, Rob Howley and Steve Borthwick.

Both Farrell and Rowntree were fired as England coaches when Eddie Jones took charge of the Red Rose in the wake of the 2015 World Cup.

Yet the pair are highly regarded, having combined successfully to help the 2013 Lions triumph in Australia.

Former prop Rowntree, 45, is hugely experienced, having won 54 England caps and twice toured with the Lions as a player, in 1997 and 2005.

He is a trusted lieutenant to Gatland, having also helped coach the 2009 Lions in South Africa.

Rowntree's title will be assistant coach, the same as Gatland's other recruits.

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