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By Vincent Hogan (The Independent, Ireland)
The lie that sport and politics should never mix stretches into the realm of farce in the compressed life of a Lions coach. For Warren Gatland, the next seven months will explore his facility for politesse every bit as much as his nous for international rugby. The job is 90pc illusion, cultivating the optics of fraternal unity when, truth be told, you are wrestling with the self-interest of four routinely truculent families.