Wales coach Warren Gatland has formally put up his hand to coach the 2013 British
However, there is a rider - he would only be available if he gets approval from the Welsh Rugby Union.
In an interview with walesonline.co.uk Gatland, who was a member of Ian McGeechan's team for the 2009 B&I Lions tour to South Africa, said he would love to be involved with the Lions again if the opportunity came up.
B&I Lions manager Andy Irvine is hopeful of being in a position to name a coach in either April or May and hinted that all possibilities would be investigated, including appointing a foreign coach.
"South Africa was a wonderful rugby experience like no other," Gatland told the website.
"We went back to basics with an old-fashioned philosophy in a professional manner.
"It was a privilege to work with coaches and players from other nations and you learn so much.
"If I was involved in the same role as I did in South Africa under Ian McGeechan, there would not be a problem because someone else is head coach and in charge.
"One of the things the Lions would want from a head coach would be that person available for a certain period of time.
"That would mean the coach was not available for the 2013 Six Nations.
"It is not just about watching the internationals because you would have to keep in touch with the club games and it is a big job.
"Whether I could do that I am not sure and you would have to speak to Roger Lewis [at the Welsh Rugby Union].
"That would all depend on what was happening with Wales and that role is always going to be my main priority.
"But there is still a lot of rugby to be played before any of these decisions are made."
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