Gatland a 'leading contender' to coach Lions

2016-01-12 18:00
Warren Gatland (Gallo Images)

London - Wales head coach Warren Gatland is the "leading contender" to coach the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand next year, the team's chief executive John Feehan said on Tuesday.

"It would be absolutely ludicrous of me to say that Warren would not be the leading contender -- he clearly is," Feehan said in an interview with Sky.

"If he is involved, it will be a third tour for him. He has a record that is pretty much second to none in the northern hemisphere and so he has to be the leading contender."

New Zealander Gatland, 52, was part of the Lions' coaching staff in South Africa in 2009 and led the team on their triumphant tour of Australia in 2013.

He is widely expected to return to the role for the 10-game tour of his homeland, which will feature a three-Test series against the world champion All Blacks.

Gatland was appointed Wales coach in late 2007 and has guided the country to three Six Nations titles, including two Grand Slams, as well as the World Cup semi-finals in 2011.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Did Stormers and Springboks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit deserve to be named SA Rugby Player of the Year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.