Farrell, Rowntree and Howley to accompany Gatland to Australia

Updated: December 12, 2012

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland named Rob Howley, Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell on Wednesday as his assistants for next year’s tour of Australia.

Farrell, who has been in charge of England’s defence and backs since June, will be making his first Lions tour, while Rowntree and Howley are no strangers to the Lions set up as they were involved in the Tour to South Africa in 2009.

The Lions begin the tour with a match against the Barbarians on June 1 in Hong Kong before travelling to Australia where they play five warmup matches ahead of the first of three tests against the Wallabies.