Wales coach Warren Gatland has admitted coaching the British and Irish Lions again on their 2017 Tour to New Zealand would be “difficult to turn down.”
The double Grand Slam winning coach led the Lions to their first series win for 16 years in Australia in 2013.
Lions chief executive John Feehan admitted the 52-year-old is the “leading contender” for the three-Test Tour to Gatland’s native New Zealand.
Gatland said: “If I was offered the job it would be difficult to turn down.”
Joe Schmidt led Ireland to Six Nations titles in 2014 and 2015 and is the most likely challenger to fellow Kiwi Gatland as coach the 2017 Tour.
But the Ireland coach insists he is not considering the Lions job because his contract does not allow it, describing it a “moot point.”