Lions Appoint Gatland, Edwards, and Howley To Help Take On Springboks

Sean KellyAnalyst IOctober 24, 2008

The summer of 2009 fast approaches and one thing is cemented in the thoughts of Rugby fans alike—the Lions tour.

It has been nearly four years already since the whitewash suffered at the hands of New Zealand already, and it has come for the new coaches to be named.

As already known Ian McGeechan will lead the British and Irish lions to the sunny shores of South Africa, and he has now chosen the men he wishes to take on this monumentous task with him.

Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards the masters behind Wales' resurgence to Six nations titles have been chosen to jump aboard, with Edwards taking the defense role, and Gatland taking care of the forwards. Rob Howley has also been included as the attack coach, giving the Lions management a Wasps feel to it.

Jake White was in with a shout and a big favourite to help take the Lions back to his home country, but as it should be it has been left to coaches from the home nations (apart for Gatland).

It seems the Lions Tour preparation is in full swing now, and things are looking good for selection as players all across europe as reaching their potential as this huge occasion comes around. Ex-Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll came back from an injury to score two tries for Leinster last weekend, and England superstar Danny Cipriani has come back six weeks earlier than expected to play a role in Wasps loss against Castres as well.

As Bath keep their hands flowing and moving the ball, Britain is witnessing good times, leading to a hopefully successful summer 2009.