The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa will take place in 2021 and now that we’re nearing the halfway mark, conversations surrounding who will lead the team will start to take place.
Warren Gatland, of course, will be one of the first people Lions officials will likely speak to.
The Kiwi was at the helm for the Lions’ series win against the Wallabies in 2013 while he guided the team to a dramatic series draw against the All Blacks on home soil.
With such success, it would make sense for Gatland to be one of the frontrunners.
According to a report by BBC Sport, Gatland has held informal conversations with officials about the position.
In the aftermath of the series stalemate against Steve Hansen’s side, Gatland ruled out a return to the job after admitting he didn’t enjoy the experience due to the sheer media scrutiny he faced in his native New Zealand among other things.
However, Gatland seems to have changed his mindset somewhat as he told an audience of Welsh rugby supporters at a WRU event this week that he would consider the role after taking a break from the game post-2019 World Cup when he will step down as national coach of Wales.
A Lions spokeswoman said: “There will be a number of candidates looked at for the position of British & Irish Lions head coach for the 2021 tour.
“That process hasn’t begun yet, but decisions will be made in due course.”
If Gatland, does take up the mantle, he will become just the second coach to take charge of the Lions for three successive tours after Ian McGeechan led the side in 1989, 1993 and 1997, ‘Geech’ also took charge of the 2009 tour of South Africa.