Former Ireland and Wales coach Warren Gatland has revealed that he turned down the chance to join a list of potential replacements for departing New Zealand coach Steve Hansen.
Hansen departed the All Blacks head coach role at the end of the World Cup with Gatland revealing that he opted not to be considered as a potential replacement as he wanted to honour his commitment to the Waikato Chiefs and British and Irish Lions.
Gatland, who stepped down as Wales head coach after 12 years in charge following the World Cup after guiding them to three grand slams, is set to take over at Waikato after signing a four-year deal at the Super Rugby outfit. Part of that deal will allow him to take a year off to lead the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021.
"It was nice to be contacted (but) I politely declined putting my name forward," Gatland told New Zealand's Radio Sport Breakfast podcast.
"I'm a little bit old school... I'd made the commitment to the Chiefs and I'd made the commitment to the Lions, it was important that I carry on with that ... honour the commitment I made to those two sides.
"Maybe sometime in the future I may get that opportunity again."