Warren Gatland Has Taken Another Huge Swing At The All Blacks
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The war continues.
Warren Gatland stated this week that he was ’embarrassed’ to be a Kiwi after the New Zealand herald printed a caricature of Wallabies coach, Michael Cheika as a clown ahead of their Rugby Championship clash. He also heavily criticised the fans for booing Kiwi-born, Australian playmaker, Quade Cooper.
In his latest swing the British & Irish Lions coach has said that “anyone” in New Zealand would be a successful coach of the All Blacks.
“Anyone in New Zealand could coach the All Blacks and you would be guaranteed an 85 per cent win record, so it’s not a bad team to be involved with,” Gatland told the Irish Independent.
“People talk about how they compare with the 1963 team. I was involved in that All Black team after 1987 (World Cup winners). It wasn’t the same number of test matches, but we were involved in plenty of undefeated matches and that was on the old tours and playing midweek games.
“It’s very difficult to compare generations or decades of teams and individuals but they are an absolute quality side and they have got a lot of things right at the moment. The players are playing with real confidence and freedom and they tend not to panic if they are behind.”
Does Gatland have a point? Are the New Zealand team that good that it doesn’t matter who coaches them? Looking forward to reading Steve Hansen’s response.