STUART LANCASTER is in the frame to become the new Lions head coach, according to reports.

Lancaster was sacked by England at the end of the last year and was replaced by Eddie Jones.

Wales coach Warren Gatland, who presided over the Lions’ 2013 triumph, is widely expected to reprise the role in New Zealand next year.

However, the Daily Mail claim Lancaster is viewed as a potential candidate to take the job.


John Feehan, the Lions’ chief executive, said: “I am certainly not ruling anybody out at this stage.

“He (Lancaster) has a lot of the credentials you could potentially look for in a Lions coach, but right now we have got to wait and see how the results go over the Six Nations and the June series and then make a more informed decision.”

Gatland meanwhile has been given reassurances he will be given time off by Wales should he take the Lions tour again.