Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Wales / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
Wales news
Gatland took Farrell to spy on England
ESPN Staff
October 25, 2013
Who's watching who? © Getty Images
Enlarge

Warren Gatland has claimed he took England defence coach Andy Farrell on the summer's British and Irish Lions tour to get the inside track on England.

Speaking to the Western Mail, Gatland outlined why he took Farrell rather than, as had been expected, his Wales No. 2 Shaun Edwards.

"I made [the decision] a little bit selfishly, it was a chance for me to bring in someone who I hadn't worked with in the past, in terms of Andy Farrell, who was well regarded by anyone who I spoke to.

"It doesn't take away from the respect I have for Shaun as a coach, but it was good from that aspect to work with somebody else. I have a huge amount of respect and regard for Shaun.

"There was, I suppose, a part of me looking long term, knowing that Andy could do a good job but also, if you are thinking you know what the World Cup pool is and knowing that we were going to have England in our pool, potentially it gives me a little bit of an insight into England and their preparations.

"That's a little bit of the cutting side of me. You don't admit those things and that's probably more of a reflective decision, saying what happens afterwards.

"There was no doubt that by us going on the Lions, we have given away, from a coaching set up and backroom staff, a huge amount of information, so it's always nice to get something back as well."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Download ESPN's new UK multisport app, a fresh and powerful new way to follow your favourite UK sports news, scores and video.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - Italian GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Cycling - Vuelta a Espana
    Tennis - US Open
    Golf - Deutsche Bank Championship
  • Formula 1

    Monza important for Singapore momentum - Grosjean

    Romain Grosjean does not think Lotus is well placed to turn around its flailing season at Monza this weekend but wants to use the race to gain momentum ahead of Singapore at the end of September

  • Football

    Hernandez joins Real Madrid on loan

    Real Madrid have confirmed that Javier Hernandez is joining on a season-long loan from Manchester United with an option for a permanent deal

  • Rugby

    Sexton breaks jaw against Toulon

    Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton faces a couple of months on the sidelines after he broke his jaw playing for Racing Metro at the weekend, according to the Irish Examiner

  • Football

    Liverpool weigh up Valdes move

    Liverpool are considering a move for former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in order to provide extra competition for Simon Mignolet

  • Formula 1

    Drivers wanted Parabolica tarmac run-off - Whiting

    Charlie Whiting says F1 drivers were among those asking for the new tarmac run-off area at Monza's Parabolica corner which caused a storm when pictures circulated on Twitter last month

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!