Wales coach Warren Gatland is set to become the highest paid British and Irish Lions coach ever, according to a report from the Sunday Times (via Rugby Heaven).
Gatland, who led the Lions to their first series win since 1997 when the Lions defeated Australia 2-1 in 2013, will reportedly be confirmed as the next Lions coach on Wednesday in Edinburgh.
The New Zealander will also become the first Lions coach since Sir Ian McGeechan to retain coaching duties over consecutive tours, but he will also reportedly become the highest paid.
The 52-year-old will be charged with trying to reverse a four-game losing streak to the All Blacks, who swept Clive Woodward’s 2005 touring side away as well losing the first and third Tests to Laurie Mains’ All Blacks.
The Lions will face all five of New Zealand’s Super Rugby franchises in addition to playing the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua as well as the All Blacks in a three-match series in Auckland and Wellington.
Gatland will look to become only the second Lions coach to ever achieve a series win over New Zealand with former Welsh fly-half Carwyn James the only man to have ever won a series in New Zealand, when his 1971 British Lions defeated New Zealand 2-1 in a four-Test series.
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena