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IRFU would be 'honoured' for Farrell to coach Lions

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IRFU CEO Kevin Potts says the union would be 'honoured' for Andy Farrell to become British and Irish Lions head coach in 2025.The Ireland boss looks like being the frontrunner to lead the Lions on their tour of Australia in two years time, after Warren Gatland held the position for each of the last three series.Farrell was an assistant to Gatland for the tours of Australia in 2013 and New Zealand in 2017, but didn't make himself available for the 2021 tour of South Africa, instead choosing to concentrate on his job with Ireland.With Ireland rising to number one in the world rankings, Farrell has emerged as the favourite to take on the job in 2025, with Gatland backing the Englishman for the role in December.And IRFU chief executive Potts says it's something the association would welcome."I think if Andy Farrell or any Irish coach was to have the honour of being selected as head coach for the Lions, Irish rugby would of course be honoured," Potts told The Daily Telegraph."I think any coach or assistant coach or player to be stepping up to Lions would be seen as a good thing for Irish rugby."We've had people - logistics people, administrative people - and they're asked, and we say, 'of course’, it’s never a question of saying that they can’t do it.

The Lions are the pinnacle of our sport."And if Andy Farrell or anybody else, of course, they’d have our blessing and full support and it would be an honour for us to have somebody associated with the Lions.

I’m sure this is not a topic that’s at the forefront of Andy’s mind at this point."Farrell signed a contract extension with the IRFU until the summer of 2025 last year, although should he be appointed Lions head coach he would likely have to take a sabbatical from the Irish

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