The New Zealander is the overwhelming favourite to lead the Lions to Australia next summer, especially after winning his second Grand Slam earlier this month.
WRU chief executive Roger Lewis admitted that informal talks have been held, but has outlined his desire to ensure Gatland does not abandon his Wales duties by way of preparation for 2013 should he be given the nod.
"We have had informal discussions with the British and Irish Lions over the last few months and we have talked to Warren about this for the best part of a year," Lewis told the Guardian.
"Warren does not have a clause in his contract which contains provision for him to coach the Lions, but we are hugely supportive of him and them.
"What I will say is that there is no question that Warren will not be leading Wales on our very important tour to Australia and I, personally, would like him to be involved in our autumn Tests against New Zealand and Australia in Cardiff."
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