9 Jul 2013

Gatland says Lions must make changes for continued success

10:11 am on 9 July 2013

The British and Irish Lions must be allowed adequate preparation time if they are to build on the success of their 2-1 series win over Australia when they take on the All Blacks next in 2017.

The dust had barely settled on the tourists' first series triumph in 16 years, sealed with Saturday's crushing 41-16 victory over the Wallabies in Sydney, when coach Warren Gatland's thoughts turned to the All Blacks in four years' time.

The Lions have only won one series in New Zealand, back in 1971, and Gatland says New Zealand poses different challenges to Australia.

Gatland hasn't dismissed out of hand the the possibility of staying on as coach for the nest tour, saying it's potentially something he'd look at.

He might even look at becoming the All Blacks coach in 2017.