Door open for Gatland to coach Lions

The Welsh Rugby Union has left the door open for the Lions to approach Warren Gatland. The Kiwi has not lost a match yet and even though he has only coached Wales for two games Welsh bosses are discussing his future with the Lions.

Past Wales leadership (Moffett) had ruled out a coach in charge of Wales being allowed to coach the British & Irish Lions but the current regime is a lot more open to the arrangement.

”Warren and I discussed this matter at length after Saturday’s game,” said Wales group chief executive Roger Lewis.

”We both agreed that the interests of Welsh rugby have to come first. We are at the start of a four-year programme of developing the national team.” he told This is South Wales.

”If a situation arose whereby Warren was asked to consider a role with the Lions, he and the WRU would need to understand and agree what impact that would have on the Welsh team’s development.

”At this moment Warren and the WRU have total focus on the next game against Italy.

”We both agree that nothing must distract us from that task on the journey to the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.”

The WRU were not happy in 2001 when Graham Henry coached the Lions and when he left may of his Welsh players at home it caused Welsh morale to plummet.   


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