Another Coach Has Turned Down A British & Irish Lions Role From Warren Gatland


Scotland backs coach Jason O’Halloran has ruled out the possibility of joining the British and Irish Lions coaching team for the New Zealand tour.

O’Halloran held talks with Lions head coach Warren Gatland over the prospect of working with Rob Howley as a secondary attack coach, but the Kiwi has opted to focus instead on pre-season with Glasgow, whom he will join at the end of the season.

It follows Gregor Townsend’s decision to turn down a role on the Lions staff with Howley instead getting the role as Gatland’s second choice. The likes of Eddie Jones and Joe Schmidt have also reportedly turned down roles with Gatland.


England forwards coach Steve Borthwick, interim Wales head coach Rob Howley (attack) and Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell have already been confirmed as assistants to Gatland for the three-Test tour next June and July.

O’Halloran is thought to have been tempted by the possibility of a role with the Lions, but felt his Glasgow commitments made it an impossibility.

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