Lancaster not suited to Lions role - Moody


Former England flanker Lewis Moody does not expect Stuart Lancaster to be recruited to Warren Gatland's staff for the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Lancaster resigned as England head coach last November having overseen a dismal Rugby World Cup campaign, his team becoming the first host nation to be eliminated at the pool stage.

The 46-year-old has since taken on an array of sporting roles, spending time working with the Atlanta Falcons, British Cycling, the Football Association and Mitre 10 Cup outfit Counties Manukau in New Zealand.

It was announced on Monday that Lancaster had been appointed to the Leinster coaching staff, working as 'senior coach' alongside Leo Cullen until the end of the season.

Lancaster was thought to be in the running to lead the Lions at one stage, with CEO John Feehan describing him as having "a lot of the credentials you could potentially look for in a Lions coach".

That job ultimately went to Gatland, who also helmed the successful 2013 tour to Australia, and he will soon turn his focus to assembling a coaching staff after handing over his Wales responsibilities to assistant Rob Howley.

But Moody says Lancaster is unlikely to add a position under Gatland to his increasingly varied CV, making comparisons with Clive Woodward's ill-fated leadership of the 2005 tour to New Zealand - a 3-0 series defeat in which Moody played.

"I don't know how Gatland perceives him [Lancaster], but I can't imagine he's someone he'd need on the tour," Land Rover ambassador Moody told Omnisport. "It's such a short window.

"For me, why it didn't quite work with Clive in 2005 was because Clive is one of those managers who is a businessman who builds over time.

"That's exactly what he did with England and was so successful because he had a four-year vision.

"On a short Lions tour you need that instant success, and I'm not sure that would be what Gatland would look for from the likes of Stuart Lancaster.

"But you never know. Will he break from form and change up his managerial team from the last Lions tour? We'll just have to wait to find out."

***Lewis Moody is a Land Rover Ambassador. Land Rover is a Principal Partner and Official Vehicle of The British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand 2017. Follow @LandRoverRugby***