|Full name||Warren David Gatland|
|Date of birth||17 September 1963|
|Place of birth||Hamilton, New Zealand|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (210 lb)|
|School||Hamilton Boys' High School|
|Rugby union career|
|New Zealand No.||892|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|correct as of 9 November 2007.|
|Years||Club / team|
British and Irish Lions
|correct as of 2 June 2013.|
Warren David Gatland (born 17 September 1963) is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player. He is the head coach of Wales, and was head coach of the British and Irish Lions for their 2013 tour of Australia. As a player he held the record for most games played for Waikato. Since moving into coaching, he has also coached Connacht, Ireland, London Wasps and Waikato.
Gatland was born in Hamilton, New Zealand and educated at Hamilton Boys' High School and Waikato University. He played 17 non-international matches for New Zealand, but never won an international cap. His first game as an All Black was in 1988, when he is said to have introduced a hybrid Australian Rules-Gaelic football game to the training sessions, which was well received by the other players.
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 and announced his retirement before the start of the 1995 season.
Coaching in Ireland
During the off-season Gatland spent time coaching in Scotland and later coached in Ireland before taking up a position as coach/manager at Leinster. He went on to become director of rugby at Connacht. He guided Connacht to the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup, twice beating Northampton Saints.
He was appointed coach of Ireland on 24 February 1998, following the resignation of former England coach Brian Ashton. Gatland took charge of a team that for several years had regularly failed to win more than one Five Nations fixture in each championship. Gatland turned that around with some notable victories but was not able to win a championship or Triple crown. In 1999 Ireland had a disappointing World Cup campaign and failed to make it to the quarter finals after losing narrowly to Argentina in a play-off game 28-24. On 19 March 2000, Ireland beat France, in Paris, for the first time since 1972, when a Brian O'Driscoll hat-trick of tries inspired Ireland to a 25–27 win. Ireland also notably beat France at Lansdowne Road in the return fixture. Ireland have beaten France only once since then, at home in 2009. In 2001, his final year as coach, Ireland finished the championship top level on points with England but lost out on points difference. In the same year, Gatland's Irish team almost achieved a historic upset victory against the touring All Blacks.
Gatland was sacked and replaced by his assistant coach Eddie O'Sullivan in 2001.
He joined London Wasps in 2002 in a coaching position before taking over as Director of Rugby when Nigel Melville left to join Gloucester. He took the team from the bottom of the English championship to safety in his first few months. After this success he went on to lead Wasps to three consecutive Zurich Premiership titles (2003, 2004 and 2005) and the Heineken Cup in 2004. He also won the Parker Pen European Cup in 2003 along with the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Return to New Zealand
He returned to New Zealand in 2005 to coach Waikato in the National Provincial Championship (NPC). When the NPC was superseded by the Air New Zealand Cup in 2006, Gatland took Waikato to the first title of the new competition, beating Wellington in the final. He joined the Chiefs Super 14 team in 2006 as technical advisor.
On 9 November 2007, Gatland was named head coach of Wales, and he took up his position on 1 December 2007.
Gatland's first game as coach of Wales in the opening week of the 2008 Six Nations Championship was a major upset as Wales beat England England 26–19 after trailing 19–6 with nearly sixty minutes played. It was Wales' first win at Twickenham since 1988. After victories over Scotland and Italy, Wales went on to defeat the Triple Crown holders Ireland at Croke Park 16–12, thus winning the Triple Crown themselves. In the final round of fixtures, Wales beat France at the Millennium Stadium 29–12, to clinch their 10th Grand Slam, 100 years after they won their first.
He led the Welsh team to the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup against France.
In April 2012 Gatland broke both his heels while on holiday in New Zealand, and needed reconstructive surgery on his right heel. Initial hopes were that he would recover in time to lead Wales for their three-test tour of Australia, but on 19 April 2012 it was announced that he would not recover before the tour, and assistant coach Robert Howley took charge.
British and Irish Lions
Gatland was the forwards coach for the British and Irish Lions on their 2009 tour of South Africa. In September 2012 he was appointed Lions coach for the 2013 tour to Australia. The Lions won the test series against Australia 2-1.
In December 2013, Gatland was named UK coach of the year at the 2013 UK Coaching Awards.
In 2012 Gatland made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of the UK TV comedy drama Stella.
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- "Magnificent Lions achieve greatness as they win tour with record score". Daily Telegraph. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
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|Irish national rugby coach
|Welsh national rugby coach
2007 – present