Lions rope in Rowntree

Former England prop Graham Rowntree has joined the British & Irish Lions coaching staff as a scrum coach.

Head coach Ian McGeechan has added Rowntree to his already impressive team of coaches which includes Warren Gatland (forwards), Shaun Edwards (defence) and Rob Howley (backs). McGeechan said the scrum will be fiercely contested and vitally important to the series outcome, and Rowntree’s appointment was essential.

“I am delighted to have Graham on board. He brings with him a direct approach and an understanding of not only what we are looking to achieve as a coaching group but also an understanding of the Lions ethos.

“The scrum will be an intensely contested area in South Africa and we’ll need to be technically accurate at scrum time from the moment we arrive. It is crucial to have a forward pack that are technically as good as they can be against a renowned set of South African forwards.”