Lawrence Dallaglio fully supports Sir Clive Woodward's decision to break with tradition and name the biggest British & Irish Lions touring party in history.
Woodward will lead a 27-strong back-room team to New Zealand which includes a chef, a lawyer, a refereeing advisor and, most famously of all, the Prime Minister's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell.
It is the largest support team ever assembled for a Lions tour - only 12 years ago the back-room staff led by Ian McGeechan totalled just four - and on Monday Woodward will announce the vast 44-man playing squad charged with beating the All Blacks this summer.
Woodward, as a former Lion himself, is aware of the side's history but he makes no excuses for pushing the boundaries further than ever before. His goal is not to keep up old traditions, but to break them.
After all, the Lions' series victory in 1971 is their only triumph against New Zealand in 117 years.
And Dallaglio, who harbours genuine hopes of making a third tour, believes there is no better man to lead the Lions to victory on the hardest trip of all than England's World Cup-winning coach.
"The Lions is so unique. It has no history and no future, it's about the seven weeks you are there. New Zealand is not for the faint-hearted. It is the hardest country for any Lions tour," said Dallaglio.
"So before people become too critical of what the Lions do they have to realise that when you leave this country you are taking on a whole nation.
"You have a week together, which is not long to come together, and then you fly to the other side of the world to take on one of the most formidable rugby nations in the world.
"Every non-playing person selected has a very specific role and I am sure Clive wouldn't be taking anyone he doesn't feel he needs to use.
"People questioned his motives for taking a QC to the World Cup but if it hadn't been for him we may not have lasted in the tournament.
"Clive is very meticulous and it will be a very well-prepared team.
"The management team of the Lions has a lot of experience. Andy Robinson has played on a Lions tour, Clive Woodward has played on a Lions tour and Ian McGeechan has won a Lions tour."