Schmidt, Farrell Lions options for Gatland

6:07 PM GMT

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has hinted at adding Joe Schmidt and Andy Farrell to his coaching staff for the tour of New Zealand after Ireland’s heroics in Chicago.

Schmidt, Ireland’s head coach, and defence coach Farrrell have been cast into the Lions spotlight having masterminded Ireland’s victory over the All Blacks last Saturday. And speaking at a Lions event, Gatland indicated both were on his radar.

“[Farrell] is someone who achieved a huge amount as a player, for Wigan and Great Britain,” Gatland said in the Daily Mail. “When he speaks to the players, he brings out a lot of those experiences he had in the past, and that has an impact. It often hits the right note and he delivers really well to the squad.”

Gatland will put his back-room staff together in the coming weeks and having been in Chicago to watch Ireland’s win, head coach Schmidt could be in line to be offered an assistant role.

“There’s an opportunity there as well. Joe has been absolutely fantastic for Clermont, Leinster and now Ireland. Achieving that result last weekend was brilliant.

“There was uncertainty a while ago about what he was doing, but now he has made that commitment to Ireland until the next World Cup, so there is potential there.”

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