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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Gregor Townsend will the biggest coaching name to travel to South Africa as part of the British and Irish Lions tour this summer after Warren Gatland named the Scotland boss as one of his four assistants.Townsend took charge of Scotland four years ago after impressing with a Glasgow Warriors side whose core had also dominated the Scottish set-up.Similarly, Townsend will hope a number of his current charges from his current role are selected to follow him: only Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour were first-choice Lions tourists four years ago, although Allan Dell, Finn Russell and Greig Laidlaw were all subsequently called up as replacements.The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Townsend himself has Lions experience as a player, having been one of six Scots on the famous 1997 tour of South Africa, featuring an epic series that the Lions won 2-1. Read More English rugby’s soul-searching will now start after double European elimination while Saracens batter Bedford “[Gregor] 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,” Gatland said.“He is doing an excellent job in charge of Scotland and is an outstanding coach.”No matter who is selected, Townsend is guaranteed to have one familiar face on the plane with him after Gatland also named Steve Tandy, the former Ospreys and Waratahs coach now credited with transforming the Scottish defence, as part of the quartet.Townsend said: “Steve’s been outstanding, he’s been over now for 18 months, he’s had two Six Nations and a November campaign.
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.“But Steve’s more than just a defence coach, he is someone who connects really well with the players, gets them playing well.“He’s integrated really well with the coaching staff and has been a big help to me as head coach. So I’m looking forward to working with him and delighted he’s got this chance to work with the Lions.”Tandy will be joined by another stalwart of Welsh rugby in Neil Jenkins, who was kicking coach in 2017 and will be on his sixth tour as a player and coach, as well as Robin McBryde, currently assistant coach at Leinster.However, the four chosen are not necessarily Gatland’s first choices. Andy Farrell, Ireland’s head coach, Steve Borthwick, who is leading the Leicester Tigers revival, and Graham Rowntree, the Munster forwards coach, have all pulled out for professional, and in the third case personal, reasons. All three were part of Gatland’s backroom staff on the 2017 tour of New Zealand.Lions tour 2021 fixturesWarm-up games:Sat 26 June: vs Japan – MurrayfieldSat 3 July: vs Stormers – Cape TownWeds 7 July: vs South Africa Invitational – Port ElizabethSat 10 July: vs Sharks – DurbanWeds 14 July: vs South Africa ‘A’ – NelspruitSat 17 July: vs Bulls – PretoriaTest matches:Sat 24 July: vs Springboks – Johannesburg (FNB Stadium)Sat 31 July: vs Springboks – Cape TownSat 7 August: vs Springboks – Johannesburg (Emirates Airline Park)
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