British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has revealed his four-man coaching team for the scheduled tour to South Africa this summer, which includes Leinster assistant Robin McBryde.

For the first time in three Lions tours, there's no Andy Farrell on the coaching ticket, which features no Irishmen or Englishmen.

McBryde, Gregor Townsend (Scotland), Steve Tandy (Scotland) and Neil Jenkins (Wales) will assist Gatland for the tour to the home of the reigning world champions.

Scotland boss Townsend will lead the attack and his international colleague Tandy will oversee the defence, both of them profiting from a solid Six Nations notable for wins over England and France.

Completing a trio of debutants is the appointment of McBryde to take charge of the forwards, while Jenkins returns for his fourth tour as kicking coach.

"I am very pleased to have assembled such a high-quality coaching team," said Gatland.

"It's a really strong group and I’m excited to see what we can achieve together – I think we’ll all complement each other well in South Africa."

"I am very pleased to have assembled such a high-quality coaching team," Gatland said.

"It’s a really strong group and I’m excited to see what we can achieve together – I think we’ll all complement each other well in South Africa.

"A Lions tour is a unique challenge, so it’s important to have some continuity in the coaching group.

"Neil understands the exceptional demands that only a Lions tour can present and we will benefit from his knowledge and experience.

"But it’s also important to have new voices and a fresh perspective. Gregor is doing an excellent job in charge of Scotland and is an outstanding coach.

"He also understands the challenges of touring South Africa as a player and what it takes to win there, so I am extremely happy he will be part of the set-up.

"Steve has made Scotland’s defence one of the most organised in world rugby – something we saw throughout the recent Six Nations. He’s clearly an intelligent coach and someone I am very much looking forward to working with.

"Obviously Robin is someone who I know very well from our time together in Wales. He is an impressive and experienced coach who continues to have success with Leinster.

"I think he’ll be well suited to the Lions environment and I am sure he will do an excellent job with the forwards.

"As the tour approaches we may look to bring in some extra resource, but this will be the core group for the time being."

The Lions have committed touring South Africa despite the coronavirus pandemic, although the original itinerary consisting of eight fixtures and a warm-up Test against Japan at Murrayfield is under revision.

It is likely the that Gatland’s squad will be based in two locations only – in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

"Touring South Africa is always a huge challenge and clearly when the squad assembles in June to begin our preparations everything is going to look and feel a bit different to previous tours," Gatland said.

"But having spoken to the coaches individually over the past few days we’re absolutely determined to make it an enjoyable, memorable and ultimately successful experience for everyone involved."

Meanwhile, Leinster have confirmed that winger Dave Kearney has signed contract extension with the club.

The 31-year-old made his debut in 2009 and has won 19 Ireland caps.

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