Lancaster a contender to coach the Lions?

Date published: January 29 2016

Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster might be out of a job, but he isn't out of the running to lead the British and Irish Lions in 2017.

Lancaster left his role following England's early Rugby World Cup exit, and was recently spotted visiting the Stormers' training base in Cape Town.

The 46-year-old has also been linked with the soon-to-be vacant director of rugby role at Harlequins.

Addressing the idea of Lancaster as a Lions coaching candidate at Wednesday's Six Nations Launch in London, Lions chief executive John Feehan stated that he would certainly be considered.

“He has a lot of the credentials you could potentially look for in a Lions coach,” Feehan told The Times.

“Right now we have got to wait and see how the results go over the Six Nations and the June series, and then make a more informed decision.

“I am certainly not ruling anyone out at this stage.

"We have to keep an open mind and see: who is available to us, who wishes to do it and whether they fit the criteria set by ourselves.”

Wales boss Warren Gatland and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt appear to be the leading contenders ahead of next year's tour.