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Social media reacts to Warren Gatland announcement

Social media reacts to Warren Gatland announcement

Warren Gatland has reprised his role as British & Irish Lions head coach for the third successive Tour ahead of the trip to South Africa in 2021.

The World Cup in Japan will be Gatland’s final stand as Wales head coach as he brings the curtain down on his 11-year stint in charge of the reigning Six Nations champions.

The 55-year-old will assume his new role in August next year and will be looking to build on his previous 2013 winning Tour of Australia and the tied series in New Zealand back in 2017.

As a four-time Six Nations winning coach Gatland has earned his rightful place as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport and news of his re-appointment was met with celebration far and wide in the world of rugby.

Here’s how social media responded to the news:

British & Irish Lions chairman Jason Leonard was delighted by the announcement…


As was USA 7s coach Mike Friday…

Former England hooker Phil Greening shared a message of approval from his Twitter account…

Meanwhile 2001 and 2005 tourist Jason Robinson was equally thrilled…

Wales RFU shared an inspirational video in celebration of their head coaches’ achievement…


And so too did England Rugby…

WARREN GATLAND FACTFILE

Coaching career:

  • Connacht (1996-98)
  • Ireland (1998-2001: 38 Tests)
  • Wasps (2002-05: 3x Premiership titles, 1x Heineken Cup)
  • Waikato (2005-07: 1x Air New Zealand Cup)
  • Wales (2007-19: 4x Six Nations titles, 3x Grand Slams, Rugby World Cup semi-final and quarter-final, 114 Tests to date)
  • British & Irish Lions: 2009, 2013, 2017
    – 2009 – Assistant coach (forwards)
    – 2013 and 2017 – Head coach

– Gatland is the longest-serving international rugby coach in the world.

– He also holds the record for the most Test matches overseen (158 to date).

– Gatland is the only coach to have won three Grand Slam titles.

– He has led two British & Irish Lions tours as head coach, and was unbeaten in Test series’ against Australia (2-1) and New Zealand (1-1-1).

– Gatland’s Wales side are currently on a record-breaking 14-match unbeaten run – the longest of any Wales team in history.

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