10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Bill Beaumont, Chairman, British and Irish Lions, said: "I am delighted to be both Chairman and Tour Manager of the 2005 Lions Tour to New Zealand. It will be a privilege to work with Sir Clive Woodward who is the Head Coach and responsible for all Rugby matters. He has an outstanding record and I know he is looking forward to the challenge."
Clive Woodward,said: "I'm delighted to accept the job of Head Coach to the 2005 British Lions. It was a huge honour to play for the Lions and to be given the opportunity of taking the squad to New Zealand is a huge challenge and one I want everyone connected with the squad to enjoy.
"However, my immediate priority continues to be England and our defence of the RBS Six Nations Championship. There will be a lot of speculation about our itinerary and other coaching and management appointments for the British Lions tour but I'm sure people will understand that I will only comment further on the Lions appointment once the Championship has been completed.
"Although my direct involvement with the British Lions doesn't start immediately the work relating to the essential logistics and the administrative related aspects of the tour has to start now. With that in mind I'm delighted that the England Manager, Louise Ramsay MBE, has accepted the role of Team Manager for the British Lions tour. Louise's appointment was part of my agreement to accept the job as Head Coach and her role is a crucial one to the success and smooth running of the tour."
It is planned that there will be a press conference scheduled in April (precise dates to be advised) where Clive Woodward, Bill Beaumont and Louise Ramsay will provide additional details concerning the tour.