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Friday 30 September 2016

Farrell in the frame for Lions gig

Andy Farrell Picture: INPHO/Billy Stickland
Andy Farrell Picture: INPHO/Billy Stickland

There are no contract issues preventing Ireland's Andy Farrell from becoming the British & Irish Lions defence coach in New Zealand.

"You start thinking about things like that, then you start getting distracted, don't you?" said Farrell.

The best way to reprise his relationship with Warren Gatland from Australia back in 2013 is to focus on how Ireland can clamp down on the awesome All Blacks attack in Chicago and at the Aviva Stadium in November.

"It's a matter of making sure that you use your time wisely, making sure your team does as good as it possibly can.

"Therefore, you put yourself in the picture (for The Lions)," he said, at 'Huddle Dublin,' a new, sport themed business performance conference.

"Warren has got a tough call really, because the British Isles and Ireland have a lot of good coaches on the books."

Experience

Farrell described his experience with the 2013 Lions as "priceless for growing" as a coach.

"When you get all the best players together, those best players have all been used to being top dogs, the stars of the side.

"To gel them together when they have been competitors against each for so long is fantastic.

"That's a great challenge to have, but the pleasure is working with the quality you have got."

The greatest challenge in international rugby is to undo the All Blacks and Ireland will have two shots at the title.

"The day job is to make history for Ireland and that's what everyone is working towards.

"We've got an unbelievable opportunity to go to such a special occasion in Chicago first.

"We get to see what each other is about there and, hopefully, we can give a good account of ourselves for the first game of our season.

"Then, we have them two weeks later."

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