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British & Irish Lions coach Graham Rowntree has singled out Jack McGrath and Tadhg Furlong as two players he cannot wait to work with on this summer’s tour to New Zealand.
Rowntree, a former prop himself, is on his third successive tour with the Lions as a coach, his fifth in total having been part of the touring squads in 1997 and 2005 as a player.
The Lions forwards coach says he cannot wait to go on tour and believes they have assembled an exceptional group of forwards.
“We’ve picked players who are tough competitors; guys who are warriors, who can perform under pressure, bring their best game under pressure,” he told RTÉ Sport.
“Just saying all this gets me wound up!
“I’ve not worked with a better group of players before, in terms of Lions.
“That group of forwards we’ve assembled is exceptional.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Irish props in particular; I’ve not worked with them before.
“I was really impressed with Tadhg Furlong in the Six Nations. He quietly goes about his business; he’s an exceptional scrummager, but he gets his hands on the ball higher than many other tighthead props.
“I’ve been a fan of Jack McGrath for a long time. I’m really looking forward to working with those two in particular.”
The 2017 Lions tour kicks off with a game against a Provincial Union XV on June 3rd at Toll Stadium in Whangarei.