February 23rd, 2018
Hands up who’s in the midst of Six Nations fever? We’re half way through one of the world’s most incredible annual rugby tournaments and here at the Oakeley Arms we can’t wait for the weekend’s rugby to kick off.
The Welsh International team have gone from strength to strength in the last decade, which is coincidentally the time that current head coach Warren Gatland took over the running of the team. Could the two be linked?
New Zealander Warren first took charge of the Welsh Rugby Team in 2007. A former player himself, Gatland is the longest serving player for the Waikato rugby team in the North Island of New Zealand. He played a whopping 140 games for the province before he retired in 1995.
He previously coached for Ireland and London Wasps, but it was the 2008 Six Nations that he first served as Wales’ head coach. In the first week, he led Wales to victory at Twickenham when they defeated England 26-19; it was Wales’ first win in Twickenham in 20 years! That year, Wales won the Triple Crown and their 10th Grand Slam – exactly 100 years after they won their first! Gatland’s position as Wales’ remarkable new head coach was cemented. In his first six years at the helm, his side won two Grand Slams, a Six Nations championship and reached the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup.
In 2016 Gatland was also named as the Head Coach for the British and Irish Lions team. In 2013 he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year – Coach Award and in 2014 he was appointed an OBE for services to rugby.
Here are some of Rugby Wales and Warren Gatland’s finest moments so far…. how many do you remember?
- Six Nations 2008 – England 19 – 26 Wales
- Six Nations 2008 – Ireland 12 – 16 Wales
- Six Nations 2008 – Wales 29 – 12 France
- Autumn Tests 2008 – Wales 21 – 18 Australia
- Six Nations 2010 – Wales 31 – 24 Scotland
- Rugby World Cup 2011 – Wales 22 – 10 Ireland
- Six Nations 2012 – Ireland 21 – 23 Wales
- Six Nations 2012 – England 12 – 19 Wales
So why not join us this Saturday as we celebrate 10 years of Warren Gatland – and it’ll also be his 100th Wales test. Six Nations 2018 Ireland vs Wales KO 14:15