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Sun, 30 May 2021

British & Irish Lions Name Performance Staff for Tour to South Africa

Warren Gatland, the British & Irish Lions Head Coach, has named the performance staff for the 2021 Castle Lager Lions Series in South Africa, as well as The Vodafone 1888 Cup match against Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday, 26 June.

"I am thrilled to have secured a world-class performance team," said Gatland. "For obvious reasons this summers Lions Tour to South Africa will be a bit different. It will present a number of unique challenges, not only for the players, but the staff too who all work so incredibly hard behind the scenes."

Picture from when the British & Irish Lions played the Barbarians in Hong Kong in 2013 by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Medical

* Prabhat Mathema Head of Medical (WRU)
* Dr Geoff Davies Doctor (WRU)
* Dr Ciaran Cosgrave Doctor (IRFU)
* Bob Stewart Physio (RFU)
* John Miles Physio (WRU)
* Ann-Marie Birmingham Soft tissue therapist (RFU)
* Hanlie Fouche Soft tissue therapist (WRU)

Strength & Conditioning

* Paul Stridgeon Head of Strength & Conditioning (WRU)
* Jon Clarke Strength & Conditioning Coach (RFU)
* Huw Bennett Strength & Conditioning Coach (WRU)
* Brian Cunniffe Sports Scientist (English Institute of Sport)

Analysis

* Rhodri Bown Head of Analysis (WRU)
* Vinny Hammond Analyst (IRFU)
* Marc Kinnaird Analyst (WRU)
* Gavin Vaughan Analyst (SRU)

"I feel reassured when I see the calibre and experience of each individual I have been able to assemble, and I know that whatever challenges we may face on Tour well deal with them in the best way possible," Gatland added. "I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the four home unions for the flexibility and cooperation they have shown in releasing their employees."

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