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Gatland ‘honoured’ after becoming only second man to lead Lions for third time

• Gatland appointed coach for 2021 tour of South Africa
• ‘I’m delighted to begin full-time in August 2020’ he says

Warren Gatland has been appointed head coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2021 tour of South Africa. Gatland becomes only the second man after Ian McGeehan to lead the Lions for a third time and will take up the role full-time next August.

Gatland led the Lions to a series draw in New Zealand two years ago as well as victory against Australia in 2013. He was forwards coach on the last tour of South Africa, in 2009, but his re-appointment means he will complete the set as head coach.

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