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Warren Gatland ‘done with the Lions’

 “I don’t know what planet he is on saying that,” said Gatland, who previously had not ruled out a shot at coaching the Lions in South Africa in 2021. “Those comments were disrespectful to New Zealand. I hated the tour. I just hated the press and the negativity in New Zealand. I’m done [with the Lions]. When I look back on it now, there were a lot of things that were satisfying and what an achievement it was, but it was tough work.
“You watch how hard the coaches and the backroom staff worked – they worked their absolute nuts off – and then to have someone [O’Brien] come out and make a comment like that … it really, really did hurt. I wouldn’t subject myself to that again. It took the gloss off the tour.”

There has been no direct contact between Gatland and O’Brien, even though the Wales head coach has left messages with the Leinster back-row forward.


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