May 10, 2019 2 translation missing: en.blogs.article.read_time
Warren Gatland will lead the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.
While no contract has been signed, it's understood that the Wales head coach has accepted the offer to lead his third Lions tour.
A source told The Telegraph "The Lions were clear about who they wanted and have gone and got their man."
In 2 previous tours, Gatland's Lions won the 2013 Australia series 2-1, before drawing in New Zealand.
Scotsman Sir Ian McGeechan is the only man in history to take up the Lions head coach role on three consecutive tours: between 1989 and 1997, and now it looks like the Kiwi is going to follow suit.
In an interview in 2017, Gatland claimed that he was "done. I hated the tour. I did. I just hated the press and the negativity in New Zealand.
"There were a lot of things that were satisfying and what an achievement it was, but it was tough work. It was hard.
He was then asked whether he would consider taking the job again 2021.
"I wouldn't subject myself to that. What I've learned from my Lions' experiences is how difficult it is to put some continuity together in terms of people and staff, and the lack of preparation time.
"Let someone else do it. Let someone else reinvent the wheel."
So it comes as something of a surprise that he has agreed to head to South Africa!
Responses to his appointment were mixed on social media.
Shrewd appointment - best man for the job.— Gari Jenkins (@garijenkins78) May 10, 2019
Interesting who he’ll take with him...will Farrell be available, or will he take Edwards this time? Attack coach? Forwards coach? Wouldn’t bet against some left-field choiceshttps://t.co/K4GmrNeRTl
Scotland Rugby Squad can get family holidays booked up well in advance.— Drew Leslie (@drewkoi) May 10, 2019
Warren Gatland to take charge of Lions for 2021 South Africa tour https://t.co/zDZpTDXdEr
Warren Gatland divides opinion but as a coach who's never lost a Lions tour despite playing in Oz and against an excellent NZ, he deserves credit.— Max Mathews (@maxmathews95) May 10, 2019
Instead of 'dour and biased' read 'pragmatic and picks the best players'. Look forward to seeing the #Lions in South Africa 2021! 🦁
It's expected that Canterbury will be official kit suppliers for the 2021 British and Irish Lions, following on from the success of their range in 2017. Based on previous tours, we can expect to see 2021 Lions kit start released from the end of 2020.
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