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British Lions would be good for Warren Gatland says WRU chief executive

  • Warren Gatland would benefit from taking a year off coaching Wales says his boss
  • The Kiwi led the Lions to a famous 2-1 series win against Australia in 2013
  • Gatland’s contract with Wales runs until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Warren Gatland would benefit from taking a year off coaching Wales to lead the 2017 British and Irish Lions to New Zealand, says his boss.

“If he does get it then I think it will be good for him,” said Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips.

Phillips said Gatland has been Wales boss “for quite a while”.

He added: “I think it would be good for him to go away for a year, get a different perspective and have a degree of reflection and reinvention.

“I think we can turn it into a positive.”

Wales are trailing New Zealand 2-0 in their current series under Gatland with the remaining Test to take place on Saturday, 25 June.