Warren Gatland would relish the chance to lead the British & Irish Lions again in 2017 – admitting heading up a tour to New Zealand would be extra special.
Hamilton-born Gatland, 50, masterminded a first series victory in 16 years when the Lions triumphed 2-1 in Australia this summer.
In four years time Gatland’s homeland will play host to the Lions, who will be seeking only a second-ever series victory against the All Blacks.
And while Gatland admits much will change between now and then, the Wales coach knows it would be hard to say no.
“It was an incredible experience. To be involved, I was humbled and privileged,” he said.
“For me to go to New Zealand would be a great opportunity in 2017, but there is a huge amount of water to pass under the bridge before that.
“You never know, and if I was asked to do it again and particularly in my own country, it would be something I would relish.”