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Jenkins named as Lions' assistant coach

Updated: Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 14:41 | Comments

Neil Jenkins is the assistant coach for the British and Irish Lions
Neil Jenkins is the assistant coach for the British and Irish Lions

Former Wales flyhalf Neil Jenkins has been appointed assistant coach for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in June and July, a team announcement revealed.

Jenkins, part of the triumphant 1997 Lions tour of South Africa in which he scored 41 points, joins fellow Welshman Robert Howley and Englishmen Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree as assistant coaches.

Head coach Warren Gatland will use Jenkins as technical kicking coach, the same role he fulfilled on the 2009 tour to South Africa.

"Neil was one of the foremost kickers in the game, both out of the hand and in terms of goal kicking during his career," Gatland said in a statement.

"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."

Jenkins said he was looking forward to touring Australia again, having done so with the Lions in 2001.

"It is a great country and they are one of the top teams in world rugby," he said.

"Like 1997 it was a terrific series but unfortunately we lost 2-1. I have clear ideas of what I would like to contribute and I cannot wait to get on the training pitch and get started."

The Lions also announced that Eanna Falvey, the Irish team doctor, has been appointed as Assistant Tour Doctor.

Falvey has been Ireland Team Doctor since 2009. As part of the IRFU medical structures, he previously worked as team doctor to the Ireland Under-21 international squad in 2005 and 2006 and the Churchill Cup in 2008.

Dr. James Robson, Lions Team Doctor, said: “I am delighted to have Eanna on board. He joins a team with a wealth of previous Lions experience. I hope he enjoys the opportunity to be involved on such an amazing journey”.

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