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British & Irish Lions Offer Gatland Head Coach’s Job, BBC Says

March 25, 2012

March 26 (Bloomberg) --Warren Gatland has been offered the head coach’s job for the British & Irish Lions’ tour to Australia next year, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Gatland, who led Wales to a Grand Slam sweep of Europe’s Six Nations tournament this month, was interviewed for the job in London last week before returning to his native New Zealand, the BBC reported, without saying where it got the information.

The Welsh Rugby Union has already enabled Gatland’s appointment by granting him permission to miss next year’s Six Nations, the BBC added. Gatland will take Wales on a three-Test tour to Australia in June.

The Lions, a combined squad of players from the England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales national teams, are scheduled to play nine matches in Australia, including three Tests against the Wallabies. The Lions will also take on the Barbarians in Hong Kong before arriving in Australia.

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