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    Head Coach Of 2009 Lions Tour To South Africa

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    What about Bernard Laporte? He's free at the moment - what odds would he attract?

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    I've been reading a few things in the past few days saying that Warren Gatland is interested, maybe not in the head Coach's gig though

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    Bearnard Laporte unless Sth Africa becomes a tax havan - and he gets his passport back doubt very much that he can make it

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    Rugby: Assistant Lions role more likely for Gatland - 23 Mar 2008 - nzherald: Sports news - New Zealand and International Sport news and results


    Rugby: Assistant Lions role more likely for Gatland

    5:00AM Sunday March 23, 2008

    By Chris Hewitt
    The assumption Ian McGeechan will head next year's British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa - with his Wasps colleague Shaun Edwards in tow as a browbeating No 2 - was undermined last week when Warren Gatland, the Grand Slam-winning coach of Wales, threw his hat, or at least part of it, into the ring.

    "If there's a chance of getting involved at some level, it would be a huge honour," Gatland said.

    Only last month, Welsh Rugby Football Union chief executive Roger Lewis said Gatland's participation was "not on the radar", adding that the interests of the Red Dragonhood would be paramount.

    But the New Zealander's success in the Six Nations has put his name back into the frame.

    Lewis will find it difficult to prevent Gatland squaring up to the world champions if Gerald Davies, everyone's favourite Welshman and the manager of the 2009 tour, requests his services.

    It might be that Gatland would settle for a role as forwards coach, working under McGeechan and alongside Edwards.

    This would suit those who would view a foreign head coach with suspicion after the ill-starred trip to Australia led by current All Blacks coach Graham Henry in 2001.

    McGeechan, the Scot who masterminded victories over the Wallabies in 1989 and Springboks in 1997 and also ran an unbeaten midweek side in New Zealand three years ago, remains the favourite.

    There is no viable English candidate. Brian Ashton, the red rose army's current top man, has enough on his plate.

    He is scheduled to meet Rob Andrew, the director of elite rugby, at Twickenham for what has been touted as a "make or break" discussion over his future following a flurry of reports that he is about to be replaced by Jake White, who guided the Boks to their second world title last year.

    The reality is somewhat different - the meeting, long in the diary, involved the full-time coaching staff in a planning forum ahead of the new club-country agreement on player release.

    But Ashton is keen to gauge the level of support he can expect from Andrew, conspicuous by his silence since the end of the Six Nations.

    The latter is expected to make his post-tournament recommendations to the Rugby Football Union this week.

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