“I thought my chance to coach at international level had gone so, when Steve called me a couple of weeks ago to discuss matters, I was thrilled to accept his offer,” said Lowes.
“This is a massive honour for me and I am absolutely delighted to have this opportunity once again. To represent your country is a big thing, both as a player and as a coach.
“It is always great to work in different environments, and with different people, and I have a great working relationship with Steve.
“It promises to be a fantastic series against the Kiwis. They enter as the world’s best side, having seen off Australia in the Anzac Test, but we will be relishing the challenge.
“I think we have a fantastic opportunity and winning the series would certainly cap a memorable season for me personally.”