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Warren Gatland set to steer British and Irish Lions head coach for South Africa tour | Rugby Union Information

Warren Gatland set to steer British and Irish Lions head coach for South Africa tour | Rugby Union Information 1

Gatland will take cost of the Lions for a record-equalling third successive tour

Warren Gatland is ready to be named British and Irish Lions head coach on Wednesday for the 2021 tour to South Africa.

Gatland will go away his function as Wales coach after this yr’s World Cup in Japan and can turn into solely the second particular person after Sir Ian McGeechan to take cost of the Lions on three consecutive excursions.

The 55-year-old led the Lions to victory on their 2013 tour of Australia, with the 2017 tour of his native New Zealand ending all-square after the decisive third Take a look at led to an exciting 15-15 draw at Eden Park in Auckland.

The appointment is ready to be confirmed at a press convention in London.

Sky Sports activities Information reported final month a verbal settlement had been reached with the Lions.

It’s not but clear when Gatland would take up the function, however it’s seemingly he would assume duties round 10 months to a yr earlier than the tour.

Gatland gained his third Six Nations Grand Slam with Wales this yr and has been named as a doable successor to Eddie Jones when he steps down as England head coach in August 2021.

However with the RFU eager to have Jones’ alternative work alongside him within the remaining yr of his contract to assist with continuity within the function, Gatland seems unlikely to be prepared to work below somebody he has had knowledgeable rivalry with in worldwide rugby.

Gatland will coach the Barbarians in opposition to Wales of their first match below Wayne Pivac.

He has been appointed Baa-Baas coach for the fixture in opposition to Wales on the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on November 30.

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