Warren Gatland becomes the second New Zealander to coach the British & Irish Lions after Graham Henry in 2001. He was Ian McGeechan's Forwards Coach in South Africa four years ago and now takes over the Head Coach role in Australia. He became the 20th Welsh national coach on 9 November, 2007, and in just over four months guided Wales to the 2008 6 Nations title and the nation's 10th Grand Slam. Since then he has steered Wales to fourth place in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and added a second Grand Slam in 2012.
The former hooker made his All Blacks debut against Western Australia in Perth and played 17 times for New Zealand, without playing in a Test. He captained and made 140 appearances for Waikato, including a 38-10 win over the 1993 British & Irish Lions.
He launched his coaching career as player/coach for Taupiri in 1989 and stayed on in Ireland after the 1989 New Zealand tour to act as player/coach for Galwegians.
In 1996, he became Connacht coach before succeeding Brian Ashton as Ireland coach in 1998, a post he held until 2001 with a record of 18 wins, a draw and 19 defeats from his 38 games in charge.
He then joined the coaching staff at London Wasps and took over as director of rugby in 2002. He steered Wasps to the Premiership title in 2003, 2004 and 2005 - conceding only one try in three Twickenham finals. In Europe, his side won the Challenge Cup in 2003 and the Heineken Cup at Twickenham in 2004.
He returned to New Zealand in 2005, where he took over as coach to the Waikato Air New Zealand Cup team and in 2006 they won the Air New Zealand Cup. He joined the Waikato Chiefs Super 14 team as technical advisor before taking over in Wales.