Lenihan to manage British Lions tour
February 11, 2000
Donal Lenihan is to manage the British Lions tour to Australia in 2001.
Lenihan, a Lions player in 1983, 1986 and 1989 won 52 caps for Ireland, including 17 as captain, and is currently manager of the Irish team.
Lenihan said: "It has always been my goal to manage the Lions team and I am looking forward immensely to the challenge. Fran Cotton's achievement as manager of the victorious 1997 Lions is a hard act to follow, but also inspirational for 2001."
Lions committee chairman Dr Syd Millar said: "It was the unanimous view of the committee that Donal is best equipped candidate to lead the challenge of beating Australia. We see his vast rugby experience, coupled with his managerial organisation and commercial skills, as the key to the success of the tour."
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