WRU confirm Gatland talks with Lions
The Welsh Rugby Union have endorsed coach Warren Gatland's Lions credentials, but are keen to ensure his work with them remains the top priority.
The New Zealander is the overwhelming favourite to lead the Lions to Australia next summer, especially after winning his second Grand Slam earlier this month.
WRU chief executive Roger Lewis told The Guardian: "Warren does not have a clause in his contract which contains provision for him to coach the Lions, but we are hugely supportive of him and them."
He added: "We have had informal discussions with the British and Irish Lions over the last few months and we have talked to Warren about this for the best part of a year.
"What I will say is that there is no question that Warren will not be leading Wales on our very important tour to Australia and I, personally, would like him to be involved in our autumn Tests against New Zealand and Australia in Cardiff."