Jones expects up to 15 Englishmen in Lions tour squad

Forwards coach McBryde has been entrusted with the position after interim boss Rob Howley was appointed to Warren Gatland's backroom staff for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Howley, now Wales' interim coach with Gatland on a sabbatical due to the Lions, will take charge of the attack while Ireland coach Farrell looks after the defence.

Borthwick is now working under the England head coach Eddie Jones, who has encouraged his staff to join up with the Lions in order to "get down there and work out how to beat New Zealand".

"He's not everyone's flavour of the month but he has some talent and ability and I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't discuss him, " said Gatland.

Head coach Warren Gatland made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon at Carton House in Kildare.

Gatland already has Johnny Sexton, George Ford and Owen Farrell available for the No10 jersey - strength in kicking depth which he believes gives the Lions a head start against New Zealand.

"We're going to have a headache after the Six Nations as there are going to be some top, top players that are going to be disappointed as they're not going on the tour".

Buzz Aldrin Had To Be Evacuated From Antarctica
A live video allowed people on Earth to watch as he and Armstrong became the first two men to set foot on the moon's surface. One of the 109th's LC-130 Hercules "Ski Birds" was used to evacuate Aldrin from the South Pole to New Zealand.

Borthwick said: "There have been some fantastic Lions forwards coaches in the past - Jim Telfer, Andy Robinson, Warren himself, Graham Rowntree - and it's a real privilege to be chosen".

Howley, 46, was also part of the coaching staff for that tour and the 2009 series in South Africa, which the Lions lost 2-1.

Former England captain Borthwick's stock rose on the back of Japan's impressive World Cup campaign previous year when he was the forwards coach - which included a victory over two-time world champions South Africa.

Will Greenwood, a three-time tourist with the Lions - including in 2005 when Sir Clive Woodward's enlarged roster of playing and coaching staff struggled to a 3-0 series loss - told Rugby World that Gatland's three appointments thus far were "to be expected". "That all bodes well for the Lions".

Farrell added: "To go to the home of the world champions to take them on in their own backyard is special". Absolutely delighted with the quality that we've got here at the moment.

"A lot of people talk about dual captains, I don't think we will do that", Gatland said. The challenge for us will be to get on the same page as quickly as possible, appreciate the danger they pose and find solutions to their attacking threats'.

The Lions' first match in New Zealand takes place early in June, just a week after the English Premiership and Celtic League finals.

  • Ronnie Bowen