Warren Gatland is the clear favourite to coach the Lions on their 2013 tour to Australia.
The WRU has confirmed that he has been approached, he has a break in his contract which would allow him to do so, and given everything he has achieved, he’ll surely be the public’s choice.
The only sticking point seems to be that the Lions committee would like a full-time coach in place for the year leading up to the tour, which is likely to rule out nearly every plausible candidate.
It seems unlikely that the best man for the job will be able to dedicate a year of service to the Lions’ cause, particularly when they’ll be offered so little time with the players. Is it really a full-time role for the year leading up to the tour?
Is it inevitable that the WRU and Lions committee agree terms? Or will the Lions stand firm and appoint another coach that is not currently in contract? How about Nick Mallett?!
Do you think there are any other contenders for the job?