Andy Farrell is anticipated to be named British and Irish Lions head coach for the 2025 tour to Australia on Thursday.
A month after agreeing a contract to stay answerable for Ireland till the tip of the 2027 World Cup, Farrell is ready to be confirmed as Warren Gatland’s successor within the Lions position at a lunchtime press convention in central London.
The 48-year-old Englishman is seen because the excellent candidate for one of many sport’s most prestigious posts, having masterminded final 12 months’s Grand Slam and an historic 2-1 sequence victory in New Zealand in 2022.
Ireland additionally loved a prolonged keep on the summit of the world rankings below his steering till they had been pressured into second place by repeat World Cup winners South Africa final autumn.
Farrell could be main the Lions for the primary time, having impressed as an assistant coach below Gatland on the 2013 and 2017 excursions, and his appointment would have the blessing of the Irish Rugby Football Union.
“We’d be ecstatic if Andy was named coach of the Lions so hopefully that accolade is the next one for him,” IRFU efficiency director David Nucifora stated in December.
In addition to his administration credentials, Farrell has the good thing about teaching the nation that’s anticipated to offer the majority of the touring celebration until England, Scotland or Wales threaten Ireland’s ascendancy over the subsequent 18 months.
The twin code worldwide received eight caps as a centre in 2007 following his transfer from Wigan rugby league membership after which moved into teaching, first with Saracens after which with England, serving as an assistant below Stuart Lancaster.
He joined Ireland after the 2015 World Cup and succeeded Joe Schmidt as their head coach 4 years later.
An inspirational determine, he has but to expertise sequence defeat with the Lions having helped clinch a 2-1 victory over Australia in 2013 and a drawn sequence with New Zealand in 2017.
He was unavailable for the newest tour to South Africa on account of his commitments with Ireland however there isn’t a objection this time from the IRFU, which is prone to grant him a sabbatical.
It would be the first time the Lions have been led by anybody apart from Gatland since 2009, with Wales’ Kiwi boss having already dominated himself out of the working.
Next 12 months’s tour schedule launches towards Western Force on June 28, with the primary Test going down in Brisbane on July 19.