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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

What do you think of the selection of Warren Gatland? Let us know on our social media channels! 

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