Warren Gatland has been named the British and Irish Lions head coach for a third consecutive tour.
Gatland will lead the Lions on their 2021 tour of South Africa. The 55-year-old is set to leave his position as Wales head coach after the World Cup in Japan later this year.
Warren Gatland has been named The British & Irish Lions Head Coach for the 2021 Tour to South Africa pic.twitter.com/T6ascoiDMA
— British&Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) June 12, 2019
He is just the second man to take charge of the Lions for three consecutive tours, following in the footsteps of Ian McGeechan.
On the 2013 tour of Australia, Gatland’s first as head coach, the Lions won the series 2-1. In 2017 on the tour of New Zealand, the series was drawn 1-1.
Gatland was confirmed as the Lions coach at a press conference in London on Wednesday morning.
The New Zealand-native, who coached Ireland between 1998 and 2001, has been in charge of Wales since 2007. He has guided the nation to three Grand Slams in the Six Nations.
🦁 “I’m hugely honoured and delighted to lead the Lions again."@lionsofficial confirm Warren Gatland as head coach for 2021 tour.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) June 12, 2019