Saracens’ performance director to join up with the Lions

By Dominique Stafford in Rugby

SARACENS’ performance director Phil Morrow will link up with the British and Irish Lions for their tour of New Zealand this summer.

Morrow, who joined Sarries at the conclusion of the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand having previously been head of fitness with Ireland, will join Lions coach Warren Gatland’s back-room staff as part of the strength and conditioning team.

“Firstly I’d like to thank Paul Stridgeon [Lions’ head of strength and conditioning] for asking me to be part of the back-room team,” he said. “I’m unbelievably honoured to be asked to join the British and Irish Lions staff to tour New Zealand.

“I’d also like to thank our director of rugby Mark McCall and chairman Nigel Wray for allowing me to take up this incredibly exciting opportunity.”

McCall added: “Phil’s contribution to Saracens since he arrived at the club has been unbelievable. He’s the best in his field and it’s great to see that his talent has been recognised in this way.

“It’s a huge honour for Phil to link up with the Lions and one that is well deserved – we’re all delighted for him and he has our full support for what is a once in a life time opportunity.”

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