Lions coach to be announced soon

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:13
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NEWS: The British and Irish Lions coach will be announced on September 7, the team's management revealed on Monday.

New Zealander Warren Gatland is expected to continue in the role.

Wales coach Gatland, 52, led the Lions to glory in Australia three years ago - their first overseas success since 1997 - and British media have tipped him to remain in place for next year's tour of New Zealand.

Australian Eddie Jones, who led England to a Six Nations Grand Slam and a series win in Australia this year, ruled himself out of the running in June, saying he was "completely unavailable".

Jones, 56, wants to focus on preparing England for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Another contender for the role is New Zealander Joe Schmidt, the current Ireland head coach.

But after leading Ireland to Six Nations success in 2014 and 2015, a third-place finish this year saw his stock fall and he reportedly does not have a release clause in his contract.

England hooker Dylan Hartley and Wales second row Alun Wyn Jones are the two principal candidates for the captaincy.

Agence France-Presse

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