Born in Hamilton, New Zealand and educated at Hamilton Boys' High School and Waikato University, Gatland was in charge of the Lions when they secured their first series triumph since 1997.
In 1996, he became coach to Connacht and led them into the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup in 1998 before succeeding Brian Ashton as Ireland coach in 1998 and leading the side to a close 18–16 defeat in Paris.
Years 2000 and 2001 saw him move Ireland up two places to sixth in the IRB World Rankings before being replaced by his assistant coach Eddie O'Sullivan.
After losing the Irish job, he joined the coaching staff at London Wasps, who were bottom of the Premiership table at the time and he helped steer them clear of the relegation zone before taking over as director of rugby.
Gatland went on to further ventures, leading Wales to fourth in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, winning a Grand Slam in the 2012 Six Nations Championship and Head Coaching the Lions for the 2013 tour of Australia before being announced as Head Coach for the 2017 Lions Team.
Waikato and New Zealand
British & Irish Lions, Ireland, Wales, Taupiri, Galwegians, Thames Valley, Connacht, Wasps, Waikato
(LS Dec 2016)
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