Gatland offered Lions job

Wales mentor Warren Gatland is set to coach the British & Irish Lions when they tour Australia in 2013.

According to reports in the United Kingdom, Gatland has already been interviewed for the position and the appointment is expected to be finalised next month.

Gatland led Wales to a Grand Slam in this year’s Six Nations, but won’t be in charge of the Dragons in 2013 as his new position at the Lions will demand that he focuses on planning for the tour Down Under.

Gatland was Ian McGeechan’s forwards coach for the Lions’ 2009 tour to South Africa, which the Springboks won 2-1. Another member of that management team, defence coach Shaun Edwards, is also expected to be part of the coaching staff in 2013.