Lions interview Woodward on Tuesday
February 1, 2004

World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward and Irish boss Eddie O'Sullivan will be interviewed by the British Lions selection committee in London on Tuesday night.

The pair are the only two candidates to coach the Lions on their 2005 tour of New Zealand.

Woodward is the odds on favourite to land the position as long as there are no contractual problems.

A decision is expected within days.

Lions spokesman John Feehan said to the Sunday Mail: "There are two elements to picking the right manager for a Lions squad.

"Firstly, whether or not that man is suitable for the position, and secondly whether we can agree personal terms.

"It's important that we satisfy both criteria before announcing who gets it."

Woodward will want to take his own coaching staff and he is hoping Martin Johnson will be involved in some capacity.

New All Balck coach Graham Henry said: "If Clive wants the job and is happy to put everything into it then I see no reason why he would not be a success.

"You only have to see what he has done with England in recent years.

"His record is head and shoulders above most others and he seems the automatic choice.

"It will certainly be an interesting series over here, no matter who ends up leading the the Lions."

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