Australia name former England lock Geoff Parling as new Wallabies lineout coach under Joe Schmidt | Rugby Union News | Sky Sports

Australia name former England lock Geoff Parling as new Wallabies lineout coach under Joe Schmidt | Rugby Union News | Sky Sports

Former England lock Geoff Parling has been named as Australia’s new lineout coach under Joe Schmidt, a little over a year ahead of their series against the British and Irish Lions on Sky Sports.

The 40-year-old joins a Wallabies coaching staff under former Ireland head coach Schmidt, scrum coach Mike Cron and former Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher.

Parling coached alongside former Australia head coach Dave Rennie across six Tests in 2020, while he also played for the British and Irish Lions in all three Tests of their victorious 2-1 series over the Wallabies in 2013.

As such, he will be able to provide unique insight for Schmidt and co ahead of welcoming the Lions in 2025.

  • Red Roses make attacking changes as they seek rugby perfection
  • Leinster sign All Blacks star Jordie Barrett
  • Women’s Six Nations: 2024 fixtures and schedule
  • Rugby union on Sky Sports | Stream more sport with NOW

Rugby Union - 2src13 British and Irish Lions Tour - Third Test - Australia v British and Irish Lions - ANZ Stadium
British and Irish Lions' Alex Corbisiero, Owen Farrell and Geoff Parling (left to right) celebrate victory with the trophy, after the game

Parling played in all three Test matches of the Lions’ 2-1 series victory over the Wallabies in Australia in 2013

Parling joined the Rebels in Super Rugby in 2018, making 11 appearances before transitioning into coaching.

He signed a new two-year contract to remain with the franchise last year, but will now move to the national set-up, with Australia facing Wales on July 6, live on Sky Sports.

England lock Geoff Parling in training this week

Parling picked up 29 Test caps for England between 2012 and 2015

When is the 2025 Lions tour and where is it?

Sky Sports will exclusively show the 2025 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, with all three Tests and six warm-up matches to be shown live.

The agreement sees Sky Sports broadcast its eighth consecutive Lions Tour, with the partnership starting in 1997 with the iconic 2-1 series win over South Africa.

The Lions will play nine games on tour all around Australia, beginning against Western Force in Perth on June 28, 2025.

  • Get Sky Sports ahead of the Lions tour
  • Men’s Six Nations: 2024: Full results
  • Ireland Six Nations champions again after beating Scotland

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

We take a look at some of the best moments from the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour in Australia ahead to the 2025 tour, live on Sky Sports

What are the Lions fixtures?

Following their clash in Perth, the Lions will face Queensland Reds in Brisbane on July 2, the Waratahs in Sydney on July 5, the Brumbies in Canberra on July 9, an Invitational Australia and New Zealand side in Adelaide on July 12 and the Rebels in Melbourne on July 22.

That game will take place after the opening Test in Brisbane on July 19, with the second Test at the MCG in Melbourne on July 26 and the final Test in the Accor Stadium in Sydney on August 2.

British and Irish Lions 2025 tour schedule

Date Opponent Venue
Saturday, June 28 Western Force Perth
Wednesday, July 2 Queensland Reds Brisbane
Saturday, July 5 NSW Warratahs Sydney
Wednesday, July 9 ACT Brumbies Canberra
Saturday, July 12 Invitational AU-NZ Adelaide
Saturday, July 19 AUSTRALIA (first Test) Brisbane
Wednesday, July 22 Melbourne Rebels Melbourne
Saturday, July 26 AUSTRALIA (second Test) Melbourne
Saturday, August 2 AUSTRALIA (third Test) Sydney

…. to be continued
Read full article at the Original Source
Copyright for syndicated content belongs to the linked Source : Sky Sports –