Gatland's joy after victory

Warren Gatland
Gatland joked that Wales would have 'bragging rights' for at least the next six months Photo: ITV Wales

Wales coach Warren Gatland has spoken of his joy and relief as he watched his young side secured their third Grand Slam in eight years.

He credited 'honesty and hard work' as the team's main virtues, adding: "These guys have been a credit to Wales, to themselves and to Welsh rugby."

Gatland brushed off comparisons to rugby greats from the 70s, saying 'It's different times; a different era."

But he conceded: "For a young side they've coped incredibly well," adding that they'd shown 'fantastic maturity'.

The New Zealand-born coach also said he hoped today's win would give the nation a boost.

"We're very aware of what [the win] means to Wales," he said. "We know how tough things are, economically...being able to put a smile on people's faces, and for them to have bragging rights for perhaps six months or twelve months, is a big part of the enjoyment of today.

These guys have been a credit to Wales, to themselves and to Welsh rugby...they've made a nation proud.

– Wales Coach Warren Gatland