With each day that passes, the speculation and hype grows ahead of next years Lions tour to South Africa. BBC reported this morning that Warren Gatland has been given permission to speak to the Head Coaches from the Home Unions about joining the tour of South Africa... Nothing too out of the regular!
Gatland has spoken to the various chief executives and it's reported that he will make appropriate appointments in the coming few months. It makes sense to approach international coaches in my opinion as club coaches will be facing the most congested, busy fixture list we've had on record for this coming season; Gatland hence surely needs an ally who will be available and can focus purely on the British and Irish Lions.
"International coaches are a little bit easier in terms of being available. The CEO's generally have been incredibly supportive and pretty positive about giving us the best chance of being successful," Gatland went on to state, "We've had conversations and it's now about talking to potential coaches and trying to put a coaching team and backroom team together."
If I were a betting man, I would definitely put my chips all on Farrell joining the setup as he has twice worked with Gatland as a Defence coach in Australia back in 2013 and again in New Zealand in 2017. However, Townsend could be an outside shout with growing scrutiny on the lack of Scottish influence in the British and Irish Lions dressing room; especially with Wales potentially falling down the pecking order.
Who would be your dream coach to bring on-board? Baxter? Blackett? Edwards? Too many to pick from!