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Warren Gatland

Name

Warren Gatland

Born

17.10.63 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Union

Wales

Playing Career

Waikato and New Zealand

Coaching Career

British & Irish Lions, Ireland, Wales, Taupiri, Galwegians, Thames Valley, Connacht, Wasps, Waikato

Warren Gatland played 17 non-international matches for New Zealand. His first game as an All Black was in 1988. Gatland became the record-holder of the most games for Waikato near the end of the 1994 season. He finished the season with 140 games in total.

Gatland became player/coach for Taupiri in 1989.

Following the 1989 New Zealand Rugby Union tour to Europe, he remained in Ireland as a player/coach for Galwegians RFC, leading the team to promotion into the All-Ireland League Division 2.

He then became assistant coach to Thames Valley in New Zealand where he coached the team to promotion to the second division in the National Provincial Championship.

In 1996, he returned to Ireland and became the Director of Rugby at Connacht, leading them to the quarter-finals of the 1997-98 European Challenge Cup after twice beating Northampton Saints in the pool stages.

In February 1998 Gatland was appointed Ireland Head Coach after the first round of the RBS 6 Nations and quickly improved Ireland’s performances. In 2000, Ireland beat France in Paris for the first time since 1972. In 2001, Gatland’s final year as coach, Ireland finished the championship level on points with winners England, but lost out on points difference. Gatland had moved Ireland up two places to sixth in the World Rugby Rankings.

After leaving Ireland he joined the coaching staff at Wasps, helping keep Wasps away from relegation and become one of the toughest defences in Europe. He took over as Director of Rugby at the end of the 2001-02 season.

Under Gatland, Wasps won Premiership titles in 2003, 2004 and 2005. They also won the 2003 European Challenge Cup – winning eight from eight matches – and the Heineken Cup in 2004.

Gatland then led Waikato to the final of the 2006 Air New Zealand Cup. In addition to his role as Head Coach of Waikato he acted as technical advisor for the Chiefs Super 14 team in 2006.

In November 2007, Gatland became Head Coach of Wales and led Wales to a Grand Slam in the 2008 RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Gatland’s Welsh team finished fourth in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship won a second Grand Slam in four years.

After the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour, Gatland returned to his post with Wales ahead of the 2013 Autumn internationals and led Wales to third in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to rugby.

On the 2009 Tour of South Africa he was Assistant Coach, specialising as forwards coach under Ian McGeechan.

In September 2012 he was appointed Lions Head Coach for the 2013 Tour of Australia. The Lions won the Test series against Australia 2-1.

In December 2013, Gatland was named UK coach of the year at the UK Coaching Awards while the squad was named BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year.

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