Rob Howley looking forward to the privilege of a second tour as Lions assistant coach

Last Updated: 12/12/12 2:52pm

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Rob Howley: Lions selection cannot be beaten in rugby union

Rob Howley: Lions selection cannot be beaten in rugby union

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Rob Howley says there is no bigger honour than being involved with the Lions, be it as a player or coach.

The Wales interim coach was confirmed as one of Warren Gatland's assistants on Wednesday morning, repeating the role he took on in South Africa in 2009 when the series was lost 2-1 in such tough fashion.

"It's the pinnacle of your career, whether you're a player or a coach. Your time as a Lion goes very quickly and you have to enjoy every minute."
Rob Howley

Howley represented the Lions on two tours as a player and says the privilege of being selected is just the same now as it was when he was picked for the 1987 squad.

"Just being involved as a Lion is the ultimate. It's the best of the best," Howley said. "The coaches know that, the players know that, the supporters know that and they save year on year for four years to go on Lions tours.

"That's what's so special about Lions tours. It's a wonderful experience to be involved in and I'm sure this time will be no different.

"The experiences you have as a Lions player and as a Lions coach are magical experiences. It's the pinnacle of your career, whether you're a player or a coach. Your time as a Lion goes very quickly and you have to enjoy every minute.

"It's the only time you'll play alongside those players, be coached by those coaches or coach those players. The legacy of the Lions goes back many, many years and that will continue long into the future.

"This means everything to me. I was involved with the Lions as a player back in 1997 and 2001 and I had a great experience in 2009 with Ian McGeechan and I'm grateful to be given another opportunity.

"The goal is to emulate 1989 and 1997. Whilst winning that last Test out in South Africa in 2009 was obviously pleasing, the ultimate is to win a Test series. Hopefully that will come in 2013."


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