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The Lions May Have Inadvertently Revealed The Identity Of Their New Coach

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach walks down the tunnel after his teams victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With just over 18 hours to go before the British and Irish Lions reveal their choice of Head Coach for next summer’s much-anticipated tour to New Zealand, a rather intriguing image appeared online.

Seemingly showing Warren Gatland – current Wales boss and favourite for the top coaching job – decked out in red merchandise and surrounded by a photography crew, has the Lion been let out of the bag early?

The Kiwi is so highly tipped for the Head Coach role that many news outlets are reporting that he is the man to be announced in Edinburgh at 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday). However, if the mysterious image is actually real, then any surprise is well and truly gone now.

However, there is at least one reason to doubt the authenticity of the image as those more familiar with the Wales boss went to the trouble of explaining…

Saying that, we firmly expect Gatland – who recorded a 2-1 series win while in charge of the Lions in Australia last time out – to be unveiled in due course.

In a separate development, The Guardian is reporting tonight (Tuesday) that Gatland will be relinquished from his role with Wales immediately to allow him concentrate fully on preparations for the tour, with Rob Howley expected to take charge on an interim basis.

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Niamh O'Mahony
A fan of the beautiful game, Niamh is Head of Writer Development at Pundit Arena. Get in touch by dropping an email to [email protected] or finding her on Twitter.

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