Farrell named British and Irish Lions coach for tour of Aus

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Andy Farrell was named coach of the British and Irish Lions for their tour to Australia in 2025 on Thursday.

This Englishman, who is currently the head coach of Ireland’s rugby team, will only work with the Lions from December until the tour is completed. This means he will miss the Irish’s Six Nations campaign in 2025.

The announcement comes shortly after Farrell’s contract as Ireland’s head coach was extended until after the next World Cup in 2027.

Under Farrell’s leadership, Ireland won a Six Nations Grand Slam last year, the Triple Crown in 2022 and a first series victory in New Zealand.

Before the 2023 World Cup, where South Africa reigned supreme, Ireland was also the number one rugby team to contend with.

However, the Irish lost the World Cup when the All Blacks beat them in the quarter-finals.

Farrell now takes over the reins from Warren Gatland, who has led the Lions on three Australian tours since 2013.

Farrell was a member of Gatland’s coaching team in the 2013 series in Australia when the Lions were crowned winners, as well as in 2017.

“It’s a great honor and privilege to be appointed as the head coach of the British and Irish Lions,” said Farrell.

“Having been involved in the tours in 2013 and 2017, I know how special the Lions tours are, so I am delighted at the opportunity to lead the team in 2025.

“There is a wealth of talent in Britain and Ireland, and I look forward to building a team that can achieve the ultimate goal of success in Australia.”

The Lions are made up of the top players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Since 1989, the Lions have traditionally toured Australia, New Zealand or South Africa every four years.

‘Farrell one of the best’

Lions chairman Leuan Evans, who played for the Lions on their tour to Australia in 1987, welcomed Farrell’s appointment.

“Andy Farrell’s appointment highlights a fantastic chapter for the Lions as we prepare for the 2025 tour to Australia.

“We know the battle that awaits us in Australia will not be easy, so having someone of his (Farrell’s) stature puts us in a good position to achieve success again,” said the former winger.

He praised Farrell’s performance with Ireland over the past few years and says his coaching experience makes him a special candidate for the position he has now been appointed to.

With Australia’s rugby currently at a low point, there will be high expectations of Farrell.

Eddie Jones has resigned as the Wallabies’ coach after just two wins from nine tests in the 2023 World Cup.

Farrell, father of the Rose’s captain, Owen Farrell, could possibly face his former boss, Joe Schmidt who leads the Australians.

Farrell was Schmidt’s defensive line coach with the Irish before taking over the reins in 2019.