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Gatland offered Lions top job?

25th March 2012 09:21


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Warren Gatland: The new Lions boss?

According to reports in the English press, Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland has been offered the British and Irish Lions coaching job for the 2013 tour of Australia.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that Gatland was offered the job following an interview with the Lions committee in London on Wednesday in the wake of his second Grand Slam success with Wales.

The 48-year-old, who served as an assistant to Sir Ian McGeechan on the 2009 tour of South Africa, is expected to be confirmed at the start of next month according to the report.

Gatland is currently on holiday in his native New Zealand but the newspaper reports that his representatives have opened discussions to finalise the details of what is believed to be a 12-month contract in line with Lions committee's desire for the coach to focus solely on his squad and not be part of the Six Nations.

Gatland has openly expressed his ambition to lead the Lions and the Welsh Rugby Union have given their blessing for a six-month release from his contract should he be given the job.

It is understood Gatland and the WRU are however keen for the Kiwi coach to remain in place during Wales' November internationals.