Lions assistant coach Gregor Townsend is "looking forward" to working with Conor Murray 4 months ago

Lions assistant coach Gregor Townsend is "looking forward" to working with Conor Murray

"We're going to have to have more than one type of game."

The British and Irish Lions squad for 2021 has officially been announced and although there are some surprises in the selection, the inclusion of Ireland and Munster's Conor Murray is as consistent as he is.

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This will be Murray's third tour with the Lions and assistant coach, Gregor Townsend is "looking forward" to working with the scrum-half.

"He's played really well for the Lions in the past," said Townsend.

"He's back in really good form. I thought his game the other week against Leinster was excellent and he played really well against England."

The Scotland head coach believes that the squad needs to be versatile and able to play more than one way, if they are to be successful.

"We're going to have to have more than one type of game. We're going to have to match the physicality and bring our own physicality in how we play - but we also need to have a game of movement, speed and finding space, and I think the squad selection reflects that.

"It's fantastic to have someone of Murray's experience and his ability to play both types of those games that I talked about."

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Murray first toured with the Lions in 2013, making several appearances as a substitute and a starter, but played a more starring role in his second tour in 2017.

His selection for the 2021 tour means that he adds much valued experience to Warren Gatland's squad.

Achieving this sort of longevity in the game isn't easy however, and Murray had to overcome several injuries to get himself into a condition where he's playing regularly and playing well.

"He's been unlucky with injuries," admitted Townsend. "But it's great that he's fully fit and I'm looking forward to working with him."