Townsend in line for Lions job?

Date published: November 2 2016

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 14:  Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend is seen during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between  Glasgow Warriors and Leicester Tigers at Scotstoun Stadium on October 14, 2016 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Reports suggest Gregor Townsend could be added to the British and Irish Lions coaching staff as Warren Gatland considers adding an attack specialist for the 2017 tour to New Zealand.

This could open the door for Glasgow Townsend, as Gatland revealed he is looking for an extra attack co-ordinator, which will be announced on December 7.

Wales coach Rob Howley is another candidate who’s name has been mentioned for the position.

“From a coaching (numbers) point of view, it will be pretty much the same as last time,” said Gatland, who led the Lions to a series win in Australia in 2013.

“What I’m actually looking to do is maybe add another attack person. “The reason for that is to really take some pressure off the coaches. When you are on tour, you are sometimes preparing two teams and there are lots of times from a coaching perspective where we are training twice a day. So we are potentially looking to add one more coach to cope with those demands and take some of the pressure off.”

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