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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Lions have called me about job - Kidney

IRELAND coach Declan Kidney has revealed he has been contacted over the vacant 2013 British & Irish Lions head coach position.

It is understood that Kidney, Wales supremo Warren Gatland and Scotland boss Andy Robinson are the leading candidates for the role and the appointment may come down to who performs best in the upcoming Six Nations.

The person appointed to the position would have to skip next year’s Six Nations to concentrate fully on the coveted post.

“I got a call about it,” Kidney said. “I just said ‘yeah’. Anyone would be interested in that but I’m only thinking about beating Wales. I was asked a question about it, that’s it.

“I’m more interested in just doing this (managing Ireland). You don’t say no to that |but at the same time I’m not chasing it.”

One man who will be involved with Ireland into the future is forwards coach Gert Smal after he was ruled out of the running for the head coach role with his native South Africa, despite lots of speculation linking him with the position since Peter de Villiers announced his retirement.

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