Embarrassing All Blacks fans need to learn humility, says Warren Gatland

• British & Irish Lions head coach cites case of Quade Cooper
• I sat there and thought ‘we’re better than this’, Gatland adds

Warren Gatland began with a warning. The last thing the Lions need, he said, is any extra attention. So if his words were spun into gaudy stories and sensational headlines, he would simply stop talking to the press. Then, with his very next breath, Gatland explained that some of the All Blacks’ fans were so arrogant that he was “embarrassed” by their behaviour, a remark which seems unlikely to go down all that well back in New Zealand.

Perhaps it was all part of the Lions head coach’s elaborate plan to get himself out of the endless cycle of commercial engagements.

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