Warren Gatland sets his sights on Super Rugby coaching job

Ross Houston
June 12, 2019

England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) have reportedly been interested in Gatland succeeding Jones but the Kiwi coach was having none of it.

'I'm hugely honoured and delighted to lead the Lions again, ' Gatland said.

Warren Gatland wants a Super Rugby coaching job in 2022.

The 55-year-old steps down as Wales coach after this year's World Cup and while he has expressed an interest in taking an extended break after 11 years with the current Six Nations champions, he will be free to take up consultancy work before beginning with the Lions.

Gatland will make history in joining McGeechan, who coached and played for the Lions, as the only coaches to have taken charge of the Lions on three consecutive tours after the Scot did so in 1989, 1993 and 1997.

"I can promise you 100 per cent I won't be coaching England", he told the BBC. The Lions rightly have a truly special place in the game and I jumped at the chance to be involved again when I was approached about the role.

Warren Gatland is standing down as Wales coach after the 2019 World Cup.

Gatland will be without his previous captain Sam Warburton - retiring in July 2018 - who was at the helm for both Australia and New Zealand, but has pinpointed some frontrunners for the high-pressured role.

"This was a unanimous decision from the Lions board and it was important that we moved swiftly and proactively to secure Warren's signature", he said.

In the run up to the 2017 Lions tour much was said about the lack of preparation available to the players due to conflicting domestic schedules, but Gatland has confirmed it is high on his priority list that the team has enough time to prepare from a playing point of view, but also the demands of the South African climate. I have been extremely privileged to be involved and this will be my fourth tour. When asked if it would be his final one, he said: "I think so, yeah". Any Lions tour is probably the hardest thing you will ever do as a coach in terms of preparation and scrutiny as a coach.

"The planning and scheduling hasn't been finalised yet and negotiations are under way with how much time we'll have together before we go away as a group on the tour".

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