Round-up: Rainbow Cup Final set for Italy as Lions backroom staff confirmed

Scotland national team analyst Gavin Vaughan has been included in Warren Gatland’s backroom staff for this summer's trip to South Africa

Scotland analyst Gavin Vaughan will be part of the Lions performance team this summer. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scotland analyst Gavin Vaughan will be part of the Lions performance team this summer. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE RAINBOW CUP FINAL, a play-off between the teams which finish top of the European and South African sections of the competition, will be hosted at Stadio di Monigo, home ground of Benetton Treviso, on 19th June (kick-off time to be confirmed).

Under current Italian regulations a maximum of 1,000 supporters will be able to attend the match.

“The venue was the clear choice in Italy as an existing Guinness PRO14 stadium that has tried and tested Covid-19 protocols and infrastructures in place,” the tournament organisers said. “The proximity of local airports, and the European teams’ familiarity with the site, also favoured this selection.”


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Meanwhile, Scotland national team analyst Gavin Vaughan has been included in Warren Gatland’s backroom staff for this summers British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa. Welshman Vaughan, formerly of Glasgow Warriors, will be part of a team of four analysts.

Physiotherapist Bob Stewart, previously of Glasgow Warriors and Scotland but now with the RFU, has been named in the medical team for his fifth consecutive Lions tour.

“I am thrilled to have secured a world-class performance team,” said Gatland. “For obvious reasons this summer’s Lions Tour to South Africa will be a bit different. It will present a number of unique challenges, not only for the players, but the staff too – who all work so incredibly hard behind the scenes.

“I feel reassured when I see the calibre and experience of each individual I have been able to assemble, and I know that whatever challenges we may face on Tour we’ll deal with them in the best way possible.

“I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the four home unions for the flexibility and cooperation they have shown in releasing their employees.”

Lions performance staff:

Medical

  • Prabhat Mathema – Head of Medical (WRU)
  • Dr Geoff Davies – Doctor (WRU)
  • Dr Ciaran Cosgrave – Doctor (IRFU)
  • Bob Stewart – Physio (RFU)
  • John Miles – Physio (WRU)
  • Ann-Marie Birmingham – Soft tissue therapist (RFU)
  • Hanlie Fouche – Soft tissue therapist (WRU)

Strength & Conditioning

  • Paul Stridgeon – Head of Strength & Conditioning (WRU)
  • Jon Clarke – Strength & Conditioning Coach (RFU)
  • Huw Bennett – Strength & Conditioning Coach (WRU)
  • Brian Cunniffe – Sports Scientist (English Institute of Sport)

Analysis

  • Rhodri Bown – Head of Analysis (WRU)
  • Vinny Hammond – Analyst (IRFU)
  • Marc Kinnaird – Analyst (WRU)
  • Gavin Vaughan – Analyst (SRU)

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