We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 10:06 | 14/1/16

WRU will give Gatland Lions blessing

Warren Gatland will have the full support of the Welsh Rugby Union if he is chosen to lead the British and Irish Lions in 2017.

Gatland guided the Lions to their first series win in 16 years against Australia in 2013 and is the leading candidate for next year's tour of New Zealand.

The Kiwi native was forced to take a sabbatical from his position as Wales head coach ahead of the 2013 tour, but WRU will not stand in his way if he were to be offered the chance to lead the tourists for a second time.

"If Warren gets the opportunity to be the Lions coach again then he would definitely go with our blessing," WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said.

"I would want him to go because it would be saying Wales are playing well because people therefore want the best coach in the UK to lead the Lions.

"On a personal level it is the ultimate job because everything is stacked against you."

Assistant coach Rob Howley took charge of Wales in Gatland's absence, guiding them to the Six Nations title, and Phillips has backed the coaching staff to step up once again.

"It would also be good for the rest of the coaching team to make it work while he isn’t around," Phillips stated.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is widely considered to be Gatland's main rival for the position with a decision set to be made after the summer tours.

Scarlets crush Munster to win Pro12 title

20:52 | 27/5/17

Scarlets have won the Pro12 title for the second time, and the first time since 2004, with a commanding 46-22 victory over Munster at Aviva Stadium.

Munster unchanged for PRO12 final

12:38 | 26/5/17

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has kept faith with the starting XV that defeated Ospreys for Saturday's Guinness PRO12 final against Scarlets at the A...

Farrell has no concerns over latecomers

09:58 | 26/5/17

Andy Farrell is confident the latecomers to the British and Irish Lions will be ready to get to work when they finally join up with the squad at the weekend.

Best not in favour of Six Nations changes

09:18 | 24/5/17

Rory Best has added his voice to those against the proposal to reduce the Six Nations to five weeks.

Gatland: Latecomers will be at a disadvantage

09:28 | 23/5/17

Latecomers will be playing catch-up when they link-up with the rest of the British and Irish Lions squad early next week, head coach Warren Gatland has warned.

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.