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Last Updated: 21/07/20 1: 57 pm
Will Greenwood takes a look at the difficulties dealing with Warren Gatland as he begins to pick his coaching group for the British and Irish Lions trip to South Africa.
South Africa will be an enormous fight for the Lions in 2021 and getting the broader coaching group right will be important if they wish to be triumphant.
Coaches’ agreements suggest that Gatland will most likely not have the chance to pick all the coaches he required to Australia in 2013 or New Zealand in2017 Plus those he might wish to take, might not be readily available.
“It will be a fascination thing for Gatland to look at. It is the contracts that need to be unwound, it’s the length of time that the best coaches need off – the best coaches are in employment with various unions,” described Greenwood.
“The truth with Gatland is that he begins with a group and after that modifies it for each consecrations trip – simply altered a voice occasionally.
“The timeless example is Shaun Edwards was his defence coach which changed to AndyFarrell The ever-presents have actually been terrific Lions guys – like Neil Jenkins from the kicking side. Obviously Rob Howley has actually been with him on previous trips – that might be hard however possible as I understand Rob is now permitted to run within the video game of rugby.
“However that might open a slot for somebody like a GregorTownsend He was an incredible Lion in 1997 so you have the South African connection and you have the quality of hiscoaching But contractually he supervises of Scotland and could he get the 6 or 9 months off?
“He is somebody that you wish to see in the not too long run with a Lions badge on his lapel once again.”
Greenwood thinks that another alternative for Gatland is Stuart Lancaster, who has actually stood out at Leinster and his capability to coach both attack and defence would be a a great option.
“Someone who is a terrific good friend of mine and who has actually increased from the ashes is StuartLancaster Often you are a particular coach however he does both sides of the ball at Leinster in regards to attack and defence.
“If Gatland wants to get say Farrell released from Ireland to go as his defence coach, then Stuart Lancaster could do attack. Then sort of vice versa if Gregor Townsend comes in to do the attack, then Stuart Lancaster could drop in to do the defence.”
Greenwood thinks that a link to the past is very important for the Lions and thinks that having as strong understanding of what the Lions jersey suggests can assist the group unify quicker.
“Might he take a Sam Warburton? He is very new in his coaching career but Wales are using him as a sort of ruck and contact area coach, he is a real option,” included Greenwood.
“I think you want to have one eye on the future, but can you also have a link to the past? That is why coaches like Graham Rowntree and Rob Howley have been so good because they have worn that jersey and they understand what it means to be a Lion both on and off the field.”