Sport

Lions name Warren Gatland as coach for 2021 SA tour

Lions name Warren Gatland as coach for 2021 SA tour”

Gatland, confirmed overnight as the British and Irish Lions coach for the 2021 tour of South Africa, will quit as the Wales boss after this year's World Cup.

It will be Gatland's third successive tour as Lions head coach have led them to a series victory in 2013 against Australia, before defeating the All Blacks back in 2017 on the way to a drawn series.

Gatland will leave his role as Wales coach after this year's World Cup in Japan and will become only the second person after Sir Ian McGeechan to take charge of the Lions on three consecutive tours.

But he plans to call an end to his stint in Europe after the Lions tour, and has eyed up a job in Super Rugby. Warren Gatland did not quite give us permission to shoot if he was seen on another British & Irish Lions tour, but near as dammit.

The British & Irish Lions managing director, Ben Calveley, said: "We're delighted to have got our man; Warren is a world-class coach, boasts a proven track record, and knows the Lions better than anyone else now coaching in world rugby - so naturally he was our first-choice candidate from the start of the process". His unveiling as Lions coach was anticipated, but he had been linked with a return to New Zealand, as well as succeeding Eddie Jones as England head coach.

Warren Gatland is standing down as Wales coach after the 2019 World Cup.

"This was a unanimous decision from the Lions board and it was important that we moved swiftly and proactively to secure Warren's signature", he said. "But two years is a long time and you never know what's going to happen in the game".

Gatland will be without his previous captain Sam Warburton - retiring in July 2018 - who was at the helm for both Australia and New Zealand, but has pinpointed some frontrunners for the high-pressured role. "We're having discussions around that sort of thing". "We spoke about the potential and I couldn't turn my back on the challenge".

Pivac and Jones, a former Welsh test flyhalf, have left Welsh club Scarlets for the national team while Humphreys, a former Wales captain, is set to surrender his post as forwards coach at Glasgow Warriors, coached by New Zealander Dave Rennie. I have been extremely privileged to be involved and this will be my fourth tour.

'There are negotiations underway with the Pro14 and PRL in terms of potentially when their finals are locked in and how much time we are going to have together as a group before we go on tour, ' he added.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


12 June 2019
Chandrayaan 2: ISRO releases first pictures of orbiter and lander
After launch into earth bound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module. Chandrayaan-2 will explore the southern part of the Moon, Sivan added, making India the first country to do so.

12 June 2019
People 'eating a credit card' in plastic each week
He said the next phase of their research will be to better understand the human health impact of ingesting plastics. The study focused on microplastic less than 1mm in size, which are the most commonly ingested contaminants.

12 June 2019
Rare 'superflares' from Sun could disrupt Earth's communications
A superflare is a massive burst of charged particles, solar energy and cosmic radiation from the surface of a star. The spacecraft launched in 2009, and its goal was to seek out planets circling stars that are very far from Earth.

12 June 2019
Pelicans Hire Swin Cash As VP Of Basketball Operations, Team Development
Cash will scout, help guide player development on and off the floor while also assuming other roles within the organization. Women's National Team (2004, 2012) and was named one of the WNBA's Top 20 Best and Most Influential players.

12 June 2019
E3 2019 | Elder Scrolls 6 absent from Bethesda E3 event
Also announced was a new update, featuring solo Arena battles, custom jewelry system, new jobs, and a brand-new dragon questline. The game will be releasing on Nintendo Switch , Playstation 4, Xbox One and Windows.

12 June 2019
Gods & Monsters announced by Ubisoft for Switch
What do you think of the game's painted art style? Ubisoft has unveiled a new action adventure game called Gods and Monsters . It will be available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Nintendo Switch on February 25, 2020.

12 June 2019
Inter target Lukaku expects hectic summer
But the national skipper missed Tuesday night's qualifier against Belgium - a tie Scotland lost 3-0 - due to a hamstring injury. "It's a good thing Conte went to Inter, I think he's the best coach in the world", Lukaku said.

12 June 2019
Selena Gomez CRIED on Jimmy Fallon's show; Here's Why
Selena Gomez is finally done with her long-awaited new album. "He's fun. The behavior doesn't bother Gomez , it's just the actor being himself.

12 June 2019
AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16-core mainstream processor
Like the rest of the lineup , the 3950X is a 7nm part based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. This makes it the highest core count chip ever released for a mainstream audience.

12 June 2019
Saks Owner Hudson Bay Gets Bid to Go Private
The HBC board has formed a special committee of independent directors to review the proposal by the shareholders group. The department store retailer also said it pursuing strategic alternatives for the Lord & Taylor business.