Warren Gatland has been selected to lead the British and Irish Lions when they tour South Africa in 2021.
The current Wales coach will lead the touring side for the third consecutive time in just over two year’s time.
The 55-year-old will step down from his role as head coach of Wales following this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Gatland won his third Grand Slam title in 11 years with the Welsh national side back in March and is one of the most highly sought after coaches in world rugby.
The New Zealand native was part of the last coaching staff to visit South Africa in 2009 which saw the Lions lose the series 2-1.
The Telegraph last month reported that Gatland was in line to land the role as head coach and today revealed that they have now got the man they wanted.
“It is a done deal,” a senior source told the Telegraph.
“The Lions were clear about who they wanted and have gone and got their man.”
The appointment of Gatland more than two years prior to the test series ensures that he will have a more hands-on role in preparing for the various logistical and scheduling challenges that lie ahead.
The New Zealander was appointed as head coach for the 2017 tour less than a year before the series began with various issues having already been signed off on much to his frustration.
It is understood that Gatland will be allowed to select his own coaching team and backroom staff.