Press Association Sport is reporting that Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland has been offered the job to take the British and Irish Lions on the 2013 tour of Australia.
It is understood that Gatland has been interviewed for the position, as well as Irish coach Declan Kidney and Scotland’s Andy Robinson, in London last week.
The New Zealander is the favourite to get the job after leading Wales to the Grand Slam in this year’s Six Nations. It was the second Grand Slam Gatland has lead Wales to in four years.
Gatland has also experienced a Lions Tour before, having been part of the backroom staff for the 2009 tour of South Africa.
The only sticking point seems to be whether or not the Wales Rugby Union will allow Gatland to leave his post before the end of the year, as the Lions would prefer him to be free to prepare for the tour anything up to a year before the tour begins.
Wales Rubgy union are thought to want Gatland to remain in charge when Wales go to Australia in June, as well as for their Autumn international schedule, but are expected to be willing to release him at the end of the year.