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Gatland named Lions coach for third time

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Gatland named Lions coach for third time

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JUNE 12, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WARREN GATLAND, BRITISH LIONS COACH, SAYING: "Everyone I'm incredibly excited about this appointment and as has ben mentioned it gives me a great opportunity to be involved in the early parts of the planning, preparation and scheduling for this tour.

"South Africa is a great country to tour, they've a proud rugby history and tradition.

It's a tough place to go and tour but really excited about the challenges ahead." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WARREN GATLAND, BRITISH LIONS COACH, SAYING: "I couldn't turn my back on this challenge and to think about the possibility of going and leading the Lions in South Africa was something that... I know it's going to be tough, it's going to be a real rugby hot bed in terms of going over there.

"The Lions in the past have always found it quite difficult given their history, how physical they are with the game, how passionate they are.

But I felt, and spoke to my family, and thought this is something that I really couldn't turn my back on." STORY: New Zealander Warren Gatland will lead the British and Irish Lions for the third time after being named on Wednesday (June 12) as head coach for the 2021 tour of South Africa.

Gatland, who led the Lions to a series victory over Australia in 2013 and a drawn series against New Zealand in 2017, was widely expected to be given the role despite saying two years ago that he was "done" with the job and that it was time for someone else.

He was an assistant to Ian McGeechan when the Lions last toured South Africa, losing the 2009 series 2-1.

They won their previous series there, also under McGeechan, in 1997.

Gatland, 55, will stand down as Wales coach after this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan having become the country's longest-serving coach and leading them to three Grand Slams. Wales won the Six Nations championship earlier this year.

For his previous two stints as Lions boss Gatland took a sabbatical from his Wales duties but is now clear to dedicate himself entirely to the combined team and will take up his duties in August 2020.

He will face the usual challenge of trying to blend a squad and team from the four contributing countries - England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland - with limited time.

(Production: Andy Ragg)




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