The new British and Irish coach will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Since the conclusion of the Six Nations, commentators and fans have argued over who should be the next British and Irish Lions coach.
In the aftermath of the World Cup, Warren Gatland appeared to be the unbackable favourite for the position. However, Wales’ inability to evolve their playing style during the Six Nations, meant that questions were raised over his candidacy.
Joe Schmidt’s name has also been put forward by many, while the media previously raised the prospect of Stuart Lancaster being handed the role. After leading England to the Grand Slam and a series whitewash over Australia, Eddie Jones was recently forced to deny any speculation linking him with the position.
This of course means Gatland remains the favourite to reappraise the role, despite Schmidt hinting at the possibility of him stepping down as Ireland coach.
However, after the Worcester Warriors not only announced the departure of Dean Ryan as Director of Rugby this morning, and made it clear that he would not be taking up another position in the Premiership, rumours circulated as to his future intentions.
Such speculation only intensified throughout the afternoon, after the BBC’s Sam Roberts suggested Ryan could be involved in the Lions set up.
While Roberts did not specifically state what position Ryan may take up, his inclusion in any coaching set up would be welcomed by most fans.
Mooted noises about involvement in Lions Tour for Ryan. Speculation at the moment. Majority of players gutted at news. No mention of Holley
— Sam Roberts (@samrobertsrugby) June 30, 2016
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena