Warren Gatland set to land top Lions role according to reports

Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland is set to be reappointed as British and Irish Lions head coach for the 2021 South Africa tour, according to a report.

The Sunday Telegraph said the Lions board hopes to agree terms with New Zealander Gatland within a month.

Wales boss Gatland, who masterminded a Guinness Six Nations title-winning campaign and Grand Slam this season, led the Lions to Australia in 2013 and New Zealand two years ago.

The Lions won the Australia Test series and drew across three Tests against world champions New Zealand.

Gatland leaves his Wales post after the World Cup in Japan later this year. He has consistently been viewed as the clear Lions front-runner for South Africa.

Gatland has also been linked to succeeding Eddie Jones as England head coach and the Sunday Telegraph said any Lions appointment would not necessarily rule him out of England contention. Jones' current contract runs until 2021.

A Lions spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "As with any thorough recruitment process it is confidential and it is therefore not appropriate to discuss until an appointment is made."

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