British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has told The Times that it would be ‘fantastic’ to coach the All Blacks one day, although insists it is not on his mind at the moment.
Gatland, a native New Zealander, coached the Lions to victory over Australia in 2013 and will lead a squad of 41 players to the southern hemisphere again in a bid to beat Steve Hansen’s side this summer.
“If that [becoming All Blacks coach] ever happens, that’d be fantastic,” Gatland admitted.
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“”I’m not thinking, ‘My plan is to be the All Blacks coach.’ I’m doing the Lions, then going back to Wales to 2019, then finishing after the World Cup and I’ve got no idea what I’ll do.
“I’m thinking of taking six months off, probably go back home and see what’s out there — Super Rugby or something else — and if there’s nothing else in New Zealand, maybe end up back in France or the UK.”
Gatland spent two years coaching Waikato of New Zealand back in 2005 but turned down the opportunity to coach the Chiefs after the 2011 World Cup.
“It wasn’t a money thing. I went back [to the Chiefs] and said, ‘Is there any chance for a bit of movement — you’ve offered me less money than in 2007 when I left?’ In my mind, I was thinking: If they offer me a little more, say $15,000, I will sign. And they came back and said, ‘Take it or leave it’.”
But Gatland insists the focus remains on the Lions for now: “It is an unbelievable challenge to go to New Zealand, back-to-back world champions, and trying to beat them in their own backyard.”
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