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Warren Gatland has unveiled his assistant coaches for the British & Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand with Englands Steve Borthwick, Irelands Andy Farrell and Wales Rob Howley all on the plane. Here we run the rule over who forms the brains trust tasked with taking down the All Blacks.Steve Borthwick (forwards)It has been some rise in stock for the ex-England captain. At the end of last year he was coaching in the championship at Bristol -- then came the call from his old mentor Eddie Jones, who had worked with Borthwick during his playing days at Saracens and at the 2015 Rugby World Cup with Japan.?At England he has been credited with shoring up their set piece and is known to be someone fascinated -- verging on obsessed -- with the intricacies of the lineout . He will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Lions.Hes a fantastic coach, England captain Dylan Hartley said. The standards he drives here, the prep that he puts in ... hes unbelievable.He was like it as a player and a captain. When Eddies sat at the top driving those expectations, standards, asking more, it only filters down and it filters directly to Steve, and hes pretty much the same. [Hes a] Great guy and knows his rugby.Andy Farrell (defence)Farrell took charge of the defence under Gatland for the victorious 2013 tour of Australia. Gatland said at the time that one of the reasons he took Farrell -- who was then assistant coach to Stuart Lancaster at England -- was to garner some inside knowledge of what defensive system Wales were going to face in the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool stage. As it transpired, Wales defeated England and helped nudge them towards the exit door and Farrell, along with Graham Rowntree, Mike Catt and Lancaster, were shown the door.Farrell was appointed as Irelands new defence guru in January and has slotted in seamlessly. He is credited with playing an integral role in their memorable win over the All Blacks and will be hoping to replicate that feat when they travel to New Zealand in June.Defensively, with Andy coming in, he brings a huge amount of experience and a massive amount of energy when we do defend, Conor Murray said of Farrell. Theres a bit of a buzz about the defensive sessions and hes brought his own experiences and ideas to it, and the guys really love it.Training with him, the talks you have off the pitch, he just fills you full of confidence and makes you want to go and defend for each other, which is a natural thing for us.Rob Howley (attack)Howley played on the 1997 and 2001 Lions tours and was coach on 2009 and 2013 under Sir Ian McGeechan and Gatland. He has been part of Gatlands Wales staff since 2008 and presided over the autumn internationals campaign which saw them win three from four.Despite finishing on a winning note against South Africa, Howley came in for criticism with ex-Wales international Jonathan Davies saying at the weekend that Howley should turn down the Lions advances and concentrate on the national team. Though he has been in the spotlight recently, he has delivered on Lions tours before and knows Gatlands systems better than anyone.? Tevin Coleman Super Bowl Jersey . 1, meaning problems for the doping controls at both major international sports events next year. The World Anti-Doping Agency provisionally suspended the Moscow Antidoping Center on Sunday, saying its operations must improve or a six-month ban on the facilitys accreditation will be imposed. Deebo Samuel Super Bowl Jersey . Hamelin, who triumphed in the 500 on Saturday, edged out Victor An of Russia by 0.021 seconds to maintain his lead in the World Cup standings. Russias Vladimir Grigorev was third. In the relay, Canada took control six laps from the finish line to beat Russia and the Netherlands. http://www.49ersofficialfanshop.com/kentavius-street-jersey-sales.html . The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynchs famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game. Jeff Wilson Super Bowl Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Dee Ford Super Bowl Jersey . Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, and Mike Fisher scored a goal and helped set up two others in the Predators 6-4 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night.Ten years ago, the PDC revealed a new contender named Raymond van Barneveld would join the Premier League Darts ranks. The Dutchman, backed by his Barney Army, has become one of the sports most loved characters and his match on Thursday against Robert Thornton will mark his decade anniversary in the Premier League.Sky Sports have looked back over 10 years of highs and lows... Stamping his authorityEntering the PDC as a four-time BDO world champion, Van Barneveld immediately showed that he meant business by adapting to the Premier League like a duck to water. Ronnie Baxter was his first victim as the 39-year-old Barney thrashed him 8-1 in Blackburn. Which brave challenger would step up to face the new kid on the block next? Raymond Van Barneveld was one of the BDOs top talents when he crossed over You guessed it, Sky Sports very own Wayne Mardle took on Van Barneveld in the Dutchmans second week as a PDC player. Wayne wont mind us reminding you that Barney ran out an 8-4 winner in Sunderland. Roland Scholten (remember him?), Peter Manley and Colin Lloyd were the next names to fall to Van Barneveld before, in the Dutchmans eighth Premier League match, he finally tasted defeat to Phil Taylor. It was the second chapter, after they drew their first match, in a remarkable Premier League rivalry. Mardles crystal ball Will Van Barneveld win this week? Rivalry with TaylorVan Barneveld undoubtedly would have won considerably more had his career not run parallel with Taylors, and the veteran pair have spent the last decade flinging high-pressure arrows to captivate the Premier League audience. Taylor, overall, has enjoyed the lions share of this rivalry. Barney defeated Phil Taylor two weeks ago in the Premier League But that in itself is what makes Barney such an adored part of Premier League history. To this day, he has the feel of an underdog even though he won his most recent meeting with Taylor a fortnight ago. Van Barneveld, however, needed 21 attempts to finally get a Premier League victory over his rival, although they have shared fireworks at the oche.His maiden victory was in the 2014 semi-final and propelled him to his only title but another memorable contest came a year later. Barney, enduring a disappointing run of one win in six, got the better of Taylor in a back-and-forth duel which saw The Power average 115.80 but still emerge as a loser. That 7-4 win ranks as one of the tournaments greatest ever games.The nine-darters The first Premier League nine-darter was scored by Barney against Peter Manley Van Barneveld required just five Premier League matches to hit the competitions first nine-dart finish. He achieved the perfect leg against Manley in Bournemouth 10 years ago, a rare feat that underlined his early promise to become one of the sports elite players. Barney hits his second Premier League nine-darter against Terry Jenkins He needed another four years before he could post another nine-darter in the Premier League.dddddddddddd Although he managed it in 2009 at the World Darts Championship, his next perfect leg in the Premier League came a year later against Terry Jenkins in Aberdeen. Surely theres no better way of marking his decade with the PDC than with another nine-dart finish?New talent from the NetherlandsThe orange-clad country that is mad about darts has produced plenty of excellent throwers but the emergence of a young Michael van Gerwen has kept Van Barneveld on his toes.Their first four meetings were at lower-level events but a 16-year-old Van Gerwen won three and lost just once. A stark message had been sent about the balance of power at the oche. They wouldnt meet in the Premier League until 2013, and Van Gerwen won both meetings, meaning the 2014 final had particular significance. Michael van Gerwen (right) has threatened Barneys status as the top Dutch player The younger Dutchman was the reigning champion so it took all of Barneys might to finally record a title-winning victory - it was their third Premier League meeting of that year and they had shared the first two results.More recently, they met at last years play-offs at The O2 and Van Gerwen was back to winning form to eliminate Van Barneveld. The rivalry will continue on March 31 on the final date of this years initial league phase. Whos playing Thursday? Full details of the fixtures The championVan Barneveld finally went the whole way and lifted the Premier League Darts crown in 2014. It was the perfect addition to his jam-packed trophy cabinet although the sole prize perhaps does not do Barneys brilliance justice. When his moment in the spotlight arrived, he grasped it in spectacular fashion with a 10-6 win over the magnificent Van Gerwen in the final.Barney had only entered the 2014 competition as a Sky Sports Wild Card after a below-par run of form. He stormed to the runners-up position in the league phase having beaten Van Gerwen along the way, although his younger compatriot pipped him to the No 1 spot. Two years ago Raymond van Barneveld won the Premier League title The play-off phase presented Van Barneveld with a task as challenging as it could possibly have been. But he toppled Taylor in the last four, his first ever Premier League win against The Power, before going a step further and edging Van Gerwen to claim the championship. He ended a glorious Premier League season with a terrific checkout percentage of 50.22.Watch Premier League Darts from Dublin on Thursday at 7pm on Sky Sports 1 HD. Or watch for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. 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