Warren Gatland profile: former Ireland and Lions coach revealed
From club level up to Lions’ tours, Wales’ head coach has enjoyed substantial success
Warren Gatland: Kiwi has come a long way in the game since he launched his coaching career as a player-coach with Galwegians in 1989. Photograph: Getty.
Warren Gatland left Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland all in infinitely better condition than when he inherited them during a near decade of coaching in this country on and off from 1989 to 2001. Yet his coaching CV and methods, often derided by the catch-all phrase ‘Warrenball’, have been afforded grudging respect.
What warmth and gratitude exist for him in this country seemingly resides mostly in the west, where he retains many good friends and much loyalty. Gatland hasn’t always endeared himself since his time here, and he also has a good record against Irish teams, notably Wales’ 2011 World Cup quarter-final win in Wellington and Wasps’ epic 37-32 Heineken Cup semi-final win over Munster at Lansdowne Road in 2004.