British & Irish Lions unveil Rob Howley, Andy Farrell and Steve Borthwick as assistant coaches

The British & Irish Lions have confirmed Rob Howley, Andy Farrell and Steve Borthwick will take up roles under Warren Gatland in his backroom staff for the 2017 tour of New Zealand.

Gatland is weighing up bringing in additional attacking specialist, who will be announced at a later date, but the trio form the foundations of his management team for next year's series against the All Blacks.

Howley, currently Wales' interim coach with Gatland on a sabbatical due to the Lions, will take charge of the attack while Ireland coach Farrell looks after the defence. England's Borthwick travels as forwards coach.

Both Howley -- who played on the 1997 and 2001 tours -- and Farrell worked under Gatland on the victorious 2013 series in Australia while Borthwick is brought in after impressing under Eddie Jones with England.

"I am excited about this coaching team," Gatland said. "I said from the outset it was important to have continuity because we need to hit the ground running, given the limited preparation time.

"In Rob and Andy we have guys who understand the Lions concept, have worked together and know how to coach a winning Lions team.

"It's also important to have some new input. Steve has done a great job in shaping the England pack and played a major role in their recent run of success, so I'm looking forward to working with him."