| With the forthcoming 6 Nations
Campaign in the near distance players places will be hotly contested
between all of the four home nations. World Champions England
must find their form as Ireland appear to be getting stronger
. Scotland and Wales are rebuilding for the future and may provide
some suprises as well as entertaining rugby. Keep a look out
and send us your views on players who should be selected on
merit. As soon as anything is confirmed it will appear on the
website. All we can hope for is the four home Nations come into
form together so the best of the best can travel to New Zealand
and take on Graham Henry's All Blacks.
Despite some negative comments Lions head Coach Sir Clive
Woodward has announced a 26 strong tour staff which appear
as follows. We have not covered each person in detail but
wish to congratulate everyone of them on their appointments
and wish them the very best towards what will hopefully be
a succesful British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand. Oh
if you see your name and want to give some more detail E mail
us and we'll add it after verification.
Head Coach - Sir Clive Woodward
A former England and British Lion International Sir Clive
Woodward has been confirmed as head coach of the forhtcoming
tour since early 2004. Having recently resigned as coach of
England Sir Clive maintains he is in a better position to
carry out his duties. His qualities and record speak for themselves
as he is coach of the Rugby World Cup Champions - England.
Now for the real challenge against former British Lions Coach
Graham Henry who he criticised for his techniques and approach
in the Australia Tour that the Lions eventually lost after
such a strong start.
Tour Manager - Bill Beaumont OBE
Former England and British Lion Captain of the 1980 South
Africa Tour. Currently chairman of the British Lions Committee
Bill Beaumont will oversea the Tour. Having been on and lost
with the Lions to New Zealand in 1977 Bill will want to see
the scores reversed on this occassion.
Assistant Coach - Eddie O'Sullivan
The current head coach of Ireland has won massive compliments
throughout the world of rugby for his impressive record in
coaching throughout his career to date including clinching
the Triple Crown in 2004 for the first time since 1985. Ireland
have continued their impressive form recently beating the
Tri Nations Champions South Africa .
Assistant Coach Andy Robinson OBE
New Coach of England and former England International and
British Lions Tourist. Robinson was also part of the coaching
Team under Graham Henry in the 2001 campaign in Australia.
A loyal aide of Sir Clive Robinson's experience and inside
knowledge may prove vital in the Tour.
Assistant Coach - Ian McGeechan
Lions Record: Playing 1974 & 1977, Coaching 1989, 1993
& 1997. Geech's as he is known has experience of the Lions
as a player and as a coach. This former Scottish International
has lead several Tour Campaigns and is classed as the most
successful Lions Coach in history. He is respected the World
over for his attitude and approach to the game. No doubt his
management skills will bring the best out of all the players
under him and push them closer to test places.
Assistant Coach - Gareth Jenkins
With the WRU ban on all of it's domestic staff Touring Jenkins
has the chance to show his undoubted coaching skills and tactical
awareness. Having narrowly missed out on the Wales position
Jenkins will relish the opportunity to take on the best and
show what he is capable of.
Defence Coach - Phil Larder MBE
Larder was defense coach for the unsuccessful tour to Australia
in 2001.Former Rugby League stalwart, Phil Larder joined England
as the first specialist coach of his kind under Clive Woodward.
His talent and abilities are recognised through the game and
his appointment will be welcomed throughout the team.
Defence Coach - Mike Ford
Former Rugby league coach Fords influence is a tough tackling
Ireland side that are playing at the top of their game. He
will guide the mid week side while Larder has priority over
the Test Team.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE - JOHN FEEHAN
John Feehan has a sound business background that has seen
him rise to his current position
TOUR MANAGER - LOUISE RAMSAY MBE
Part of the World Cup set up for England Louise has the ability
to manage the the best in the World and will be a vital part
of the Tour
KICKING COACH - DAVE ALDRED MBE
Having previously toured with the Lions to Australia in 2001
Dave was an important part of Englands World Cup Win.
FITNESS COACH - DAVE REDDIN MBE
Dave Reddin has been Englands conditioning coach since 1997.
He will oversea the fitness and conditioning regime to keep
the players at their highest possible levels.
CRAIG WHITE - FITNESS COACH
Craig is an experienced strength and conditioning coach currently
with Wasps RFC. He will also take care of dietary requirements.
VIDEO ANALYST - TONY BISCOMBE
VIDEO ANALYST - GAVIN SCOTT
These pair will be responsible for getting the most out of
analysing match footage and statistics. A vital tool in the
TOUR DOCTOR - JAMES ROBSON
Lions Record: Team Doctor for his fourth successive tour having
previously toured in 1993, 1997 and 2001.
DOCTOR - GARY O'DRISCOLL
Rumour has it that Gary is Brians second cousin.
PHYSIOTHERAPIST - PHIL PASK
PHYSIOTHERAPIST/MASSUER - BOB STEWART
PHYSIOTHERAPIST/MASSUER - STUART BARTON
MASSUER - RICHARD WEGRZYK
Following 1997 and 2001 this will be Richards third Lions
TEAM CHEF - DAVE CAMPBELL
This will be Daves first Lions Tour but he was appointed by
England following the possibilty of food poisening at the
1995 World Cup.
KIT TECHNICIAN - DAVE TENNISSON
Well someones got to do it and who better qualified than Dave
part of Englands winning formula.
MEDIA LIASON - LOUISA CHEETHAM
Louisa joins the tour from a background in sports management
and agencies. She has worked with the Zurich Premiership,
Rugby World Cup and the previous Lions tour to Australia.
SPECIALIST ADVISOR - DAVID MCHUGH
David is a highly respected and experienced referee his potential
input to the Lions outcome is massive
LEGAL SUPPORT - RICHARD SMITH
Smith teamed up with England prior to the 2003 World Cup .
His experience and knowledge could prove vital if things don't
go according to plan or issues become apparent.