Coach wants to continue his impressive record in South Africa and then provide ‘an opportunity for someone else to take the mantle’.Warren Gatland has suggested next year’s tour to South Africa will be his last as head coach of the British and Irish Lions.
Having defeated Australia in 2013 before tying the 2017 series with the All Blacks, Gatland is keen to make history next year. Never before has a Lions coach gone through three successive tours without losing at least one series. Rugby fans can book South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website’s exclusively discounted prices.
“The dream is to be undefeated in the Test series in three tours as head coach,” Gatland said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph today.
Going ahead it is likely an open door for another person to step up and take the mantle. If I can be of any assistance, as far as helping the Lions, as far as sharing encounters. I couldn’t want anything more than to tail them once more.
I still have a huge passion for it and am very fortunate for my experiences I have had. I have done my time. But it is like anything, they might come and knock on my door and say. We don’t think anyone else has got the experience and would you do it again?’
“Then you reassess everything but they would probably say I have been in charge for three tours, is it right for someone else to have a go? I am comfortable with that.”
Gatland also stressed in his interview with the Telegraph’s Gavin Mairs. It would be preferable if the 2020/21 Premiership final was moved back a week. As things stand it is due to take place on 26 June, a week before the Lions tour kicks off against Western Stormers.
“It has been a little bit frustrating with the Premiership not moving their final,” Gatland said.
That may change with the reintroduction of the period. We should keep a watch out. The perfect circumstance would have been to have an entire week together in the UK. Play a warm-up game, and jump on the plane the next day, and head to South Africa.
I don’t think to amass a crew for about fourteen days before you play your first game in South Africa is a lot of an irrational solicitation. Last time, in New Zealand, we left on Monday, had two days’ movement, and shown up on Wednesday.
The players were stream slacked and needed to play the principal game on Saturday. I pointed that out to the people pulling the strings and the Lions. I said we were possibly opening ourselves up [to legitimate action].
I said if a player got a vocation finishing injury in the principal game, I think he had conceivably got a real case to state that the readiness wasn’t sufficient or he didn’t have enough time from arriving in New Zealand before he was made to play his first game.
“Those are things we have got to be careful about. Everyone talks about player welfare, and it is one of the criteria in looking at seasons and planning and preparation. We have got to deliver that.”
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