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Warren Gatland to guide British and Irish Lions on South Africa tour | Rugby Union Information

Warren Gatland to guide British and Irish Lions on South Africa tour | Rugby Union Information 1

Gatland will take cost of the Lions for a record-equalling third successive tour

Warren Gatland has been named British and Irish Lions head coach for the 2021 tour to South Africa.

Gatland will go away his function as Wales coach after this yr’s World Cup in Japan and can change into solely the second particular person after Sir Ian McGeechan to take cost of the Lions on three consecutive excursions.

The New Zealander will start his function in August 2020 and can work solely for the Lions till the tour concludes 12 months later.

The 55-year-old led the Lions to victory on their 2013 tour of Australia, with the 2017 tour of his native New Zealand ending all-square after the decisive third Check led to an exciting 15-15 draw at Eden Park in Auckland.

Gatland mentioned after the New Zealand tour two years in the past that he would by no means coach the Lions once more, however talking after his appointment was revealed, Gatland mentioned: “I love the Lions as an idea.

“There have been components of the New Zealand tour that have been extremely difficult. Any Lions tour, for gamers and coaches, might be the toughest factor you’ll ever do. The scrutiny of the press is at all times one thing that is on the forefront of any Lions tour.

“However there’s some unfinished enterprise, having been concerned as head coach within the earlier two excursions. I could not flip my again on this problem of main the Lions in South Africa.

“I know it is going to be powerful, and the Lions have at all times discovered it tough given how bodily they (South Africa) are.”

Sky Sports activities Information reported final month a verbal settlement had been reached between Gatland and the Lions.

Gatland gained his third Six Nations Grand Slam with Wales this yr and had been rumoured as a potential successor to Eddie Jones, ought to England disappoint within the World Cup.

Gatland will coach the Barbarians in opposition to Wales of their first match beneath his successor Wayne Pivac.

He has been appointed Baa-Baas coach for the fixture in opposition to Wales on the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on November 30.

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