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'Gatland due Lions job'

WALES captain Sam Warburton has thrown his support behind Warren Gatland to be appointed head coach of the 2013 British and Irish Lions.

Wales' double Grand Slam and Six Nations title-winning mastermind is set to be interviewed for the post along with Ireland boss Declan Kidney and Scotland's Andy Robinson.

But it is thought that New Zealander Gatland's appointment is viewed as a formality for the three-Test trip to Australia.

"I love working with him - he is a fantastic coach," Warburton said.

"If you look at his record - two Grand Slams and a World Cup semi-final - he deserves the Lions job.

"I owe a lot to him. He put his faith in me as a young player and captain."

Warburton, meanwhile, was due to see a specialist today in order to gauge the extent of a shoulder injury that forced him off against France.