Warren Gatland

North: Preparation Key For Lions Against All Blacks

Oliver Pickup | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Sport
Oliver Pickup

Realistically, can the British and Irish Lions triumph in New Zealand this summer against the mighty All Blacks, the reigning back-to-back world champions and rugby union's perennial number-one-ranked team - and on their own patch, to boot?

George North Prepares To Power Wales And Lions To Glory

Oliver Pickup | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Sport
Oliver Pickup

A Six Nations Championship on the eve of a British and Irish Lions campaign always fizzes with more intensity than usual. Players push themselves to the very limit of their athletic abilities in a bid to impress the selectors and gain a coveted place on the aeroplane for a tour which, for most, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the pinnacle of their rugby career.

Precision And Preparation Paramount For Lions in New Zealand

Oliver Pickup | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Sport
Oliver Pickup

Selection for the British and Irish Lions is "the pinnacle of your career", according to Rob Howley, who on Wednesday was confirmed as Warren Gatland's backs coach for next summer's series in New Zealand, where the world's most-famous rugby-playing tourists have won only one previous campaign.

Slaying The Dragon: England Claim Triple Crown After Win Against Wales (VIDEO/PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Sport

Stuart Lancaster insists England need to continue to concentrate on their own game rather than worry about other fixtures after their 29-18 win over W...

WATCH: 5 Major Six Nations Upsets (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Edward Tew | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Sport

The opening match of the 2014 Six Nations sees Wales - the winners of the past two tournaments – face traditional wooden spooner recipients Italy in...

Gatland's Selection So Right, Humble Pie So Filling

Will Carling | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Sport
Will Carling

There is getting it wrong and there is getting it very wrong, and yes, safe to say, my fears and predictions for the last Lions Test were firmly in the latter. It is scant relief to know that I was far from alone, and not an excuse either, but it is a lesson in passing judgements without talking to any of the guys on the ground.

Roaring To Victory

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Sport

The British and Irish Lions have won their three-match series against Australia following a comprehensive 41-16 victory at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. I...

No O'Driscoll

Will Carling | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Sport
Will Carling

Why is the O'Driscoll selection of such significance? Because when you walk out to play a 'must win' game, which this third Test certainly is, you need to have a certain number of hardened, experienced winners in that lineup. The Lions have lost Warburton, O'Connell, and Jenkins already, and O'Driscoll was one of the key 'old heads' left to include.

O'Driscoll's Curtain Call

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Sport

The curtain came down on Ireland star Brian O'Driscoll's British and Irish Lions before the final act on Wednesday, when coach Warren Gatland omitted ...

Warburton's Out But Roberts Could Be Back For Lions Decider

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Sport

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has been ruled out of Saturday's Test series decider against Australia in Sydney. The Wales flanker s...

The Lions Enter 'Judgement Time'

Will Carling | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Sport
Will Carling

So the first Test is looming, and with it the onset of serious judgement for both coaches. Who would have guessed it a few years ago, the Lions playing Australia and two Kiwis are heading up the opposing sides? I know I am old school here but there is a large part of me that regrets this scenario.

Corbisiero Surprise Starter For Lions' First Test (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Sport

England prop Alex Corbisiero was the surprise inclusion in the British and Irish Lions team named for Saturday's opening Test against Australia. Ma...

Lions Tamed In Canberra

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Sport

The British and Irish Lions were finally tamed in Canberra as ACT Brumbies inflicted a first defeat upon Warren Gatland's side. Jake White's became...

Lions Forwards Selection Has Caused a Few Raised Eyebrows

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

Warren Gatland's choice of backs for the British & Irish Lions Tour might have caused some debate but not a lot of raised eyebrows. The same cannot be said for the make-up of the forwards.

Few Surprises in the Backs for the Lions

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

Understandably people are annoyed and upset but what did we expect? Could you really expect Warren Gatland to leave behind the likes of Tommy Bowe, Richie Gray and Dan Lydiate? It's not that he does not have other fantastic options open to him but quite simply he has to pick the best squad that he feels has the ability to defeat the Wallabies.

Lions Tour Of Australia: 37-Man Squad In Pictures

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Sport

Warren Gatland has named his 37-man Lions squad for the tour of Australia this summer, featuring the youngest ever captain in Wales' Sam Warburton. ...

Out From The Wilderness

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Sport

Matt Stevens, suspended for two years in 2009 after a drugs scandal and who retired from England duty after the 2011 World Cup, has been selected for ...

Lions Will Need More Than Power For Series Victory

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

We can all but guarantee that Wales will dominate the make-up of the squad. Best team in the Northern Hemisphere for the last two years and could you imagine Warren Gatland going back to Wales in the Autumn having left most of them on tour to Japan?

Respect the Wallabies

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

What has always made the Australians so dangerous is not the power of their forward pack, the skills and pace of their backline but their intelligence. The great Wallaby sides have always had dangerous attacking players out wide and bite and dog up front but more importantly they have often been two steps ahead of their opponents in how they want to play the game.

Howley, Rowntree And Farrell Named As Gatlands' Assistants

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Sport

Rob Howley, Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree have been confirmed as head coach Warren Gatland's assistants for the British and Irish Lions tour to Aus...

Crashing Back Down To Earth - Gatland Fractures Heels In Fall

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Sport

Wales rugby union coach Warren Gatland suffered multiple fractures to his right heel bone and a fracture to his left heel after falling at his family ...

Gatland Fires Up The Dragons

AOL UK | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK

Former Wales captain Matthew Rees has hailed Warren Gatland's honesty and "massive experience" as key factors behind the World Cup semi-finalists' bid...

Best Rugby World Cup 2011 Newspaper Front Page?

The Huffington Post UK | Stephen Hull | Posted 16.12.2011 | UK

The Western Mail has struck a chord with its rugby world cup audience by producing a front page which has set Twitter alight with admiration. Monda...

Ireland and Wales gear up for what could be the game of the Rugby World Cup

Gary Andrews | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK
Gary Andrews

For two sides entering the tournament with their frailties on show, Ireland and Wales haven't done a bad job of banishing their demons. What's more, b...

Wales and England Need to Look Beyond the Familiar Stories in New Zealand

Gary Andrews | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK
Gary Andrews

England need to change their mindset, but not their resolve. A youthful Wales side, however, need to learn from mistakes of the past and go all out for victory. Another what could have been tournament will be no less painful, no matter how good the rugby played.