Andy Farrell honoured by 'ultimate' accolade of Lions appointment

Last Updated: 12/12/12 12:36pm

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Andy Farrell: New face in Lions set-up

Andy Farrell: New face in Lions set-up

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Andy Farrell has been left "humbled" by his appointment to the Lions coaching staff for next summer's tour of Australia.

Warren Gatland asked England defence coach Farrell to bring new blood to a backroom team which also includes Graham Rowntree and Rob Howley, both of whom made the trip to South Africa in 2009.

"This is the ultimate. You always want to coach the best players around."
Andy Farrell

And the former rugby league star considers his inclusion for the three-Test tour the "ultimate" accolade.

He said: "It's a massive honour and privilege to be asked to be involved in just a small part in the 125 years of history of the Lions.

"I feel very humbled to be involved. This is the ultimate. You always want to coach the best players around.

"Even when I was back playing the other code I always felt connected to the Lions - they're everyone's second favourite team and everyone gets sucked into the emotion the Lions go through.

"Four teams go hammer and tongs during the Six Nations, and then you see them come together, and the camaraderie for a six-week tour. It's bound to be special.

"To go over to Australia, which is a special place to tour, and hopefully come away with victory will be a massive memory for everyone to cherish."

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