John Fogarty to tour with 2021 Lions as part of Warren Gatland’s staff

Former hooker and incoming Ireland scrum coach will help plot a route past Springboks

John Fogarty will be part of the Lions coaching set-up in 2021. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

John Fogarty will be part of the Lions coaching set-up in 2021. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

 

Incoming Ireland scrum coach John Fogarty will tour South Africa in 2021 as part of Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions coaching set up.

The appointment of the 42-year-old former hooker, who replaces Greg Feek in Andy Farrell’s national camp this season, shows that Gatland has instantly switched his focus to beating the Springboks in two years time.

Paul O’Connell’s 2009 Lions team lost the series in South Africa with Gatland as forwards coach.

“There is some unfinished business,” said the 56-year-old Kiwi earlier this year.

Fogarty, who played for Munster, Connacht and Leinster in a 10-year career that included one cap for Ireland, against New Zealand in 2010, has been a Leinster assistant coach since 2015.

Gatland returns home to work with the Waikato Chiefs after Friday’s third place play-off against the All Blacks ends a 12-year association with Wales.

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