Andy Farrell Responds To Rumours He Will Link Up With The Lions This Summer

We’ll see.

Ireland boss Andy Farrell has confirmed Warren Gatland has left a spot open for him on the Lions coaching ticket this summer following reports he will link up with the touring side after Ireland’s summer series.

Ireland will take on Japan on July 3rd before hosting USA the week after on the 10th but Farrell is free for the rest of the summer after that, opening the door for him to link up with the Lions before their Test series with the Springboks.

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The IRFU have already given their blessing but Farrell will have to wait and see if his services are required first with Gatland set to see how his ticket is fixed over the next few weeks before making a decision.

Either way, Farrell reckons the Lions already have a “top class” coaching ticket.

“I have spoken to Warren a couple of times,” Farrell said when asked about joining the Lion this summer.

“I’m more than happy obviously to help out because it is an unbelievable honour to be asked or to be involved in the Lions. I’m sure we are all looking forward to watching the series.

“Where it stands at this moment in time is that Warren has left a spot open and he wants to see how the workload goes in the first week or so of the camps and if he needs help in and around all that then I am happy to help but the experience that they have got there within the coaching staff is top class.

“The experience that they have got in the management group is top class as well so I am sure they will be fine.”