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Warren Gatland honoured by having gate at Principality Stadium named after him

The main vehicle entrance to the stadium - Gate 4 - will now be known as Credit: WRU

Warren Gatland says he's "humbled" to have been honoured by The Welsh Rugby Union after having a gate at the Principality Stadium named after him.

The main vehicle entrance to the stadium - Gate 4 - will now be known as "Gatland's Gate".

The wrought iron double-fronted gateway, feeding a road which descends into the heart of Wales’ national stadium will now forever carry the name of the triple-Grand Slam winning former head coach.

Gatland 12-year reign over Wales saw him complete his first Six Nations clean sweep in his debut season in 2008, before repeating the trick in 2012 and finishing on the same high, earlier this year, to win the 2019 tournament.

The native New Zealander, who took charge of two successful British & Irish Lions tours during his tenure with Wales, was also at the helm for three Rugby World Cups, reaching the semi-final stages on two occasions in 2011 and 2019.

Gatland is Wales’ longest serving head coach having reigned twice as long as his nearest rival Clive Rowlands.

WRU Chief Executive Martyn Phillips, at the unveiling of the new wrought iron signage said: "This is a small tribute of our appreciation for Warren, a token of the high esteem in which he is held throughout Welsh rugby."

"He will always be remembered as the coach who brought home a hat-trick of Grand Slams but, beyond the silverware, he also firmly re-established our Wales side as a major force in the world game. We will move on and our national team will continue to strive for success and, I have no doubt, achieve great things under our new head coach Wayne Pivac, but Warren’s entry in the history books can never be re-written. He will go down in legend as one of the all-time greats and we hope that ‘Gatland’s Gate’ does something to show him the strength of gratitude felt by an entire nation of rugby fans.

– Martyn Phillips, WRU Chief Executive
Warren Gatland says he's Credit: PA Images

Gatland said the stadium will always hold a special place for him.

"It evokes a host of wonderful memories and has been the location for some of my very best days in rugby.

"It embodies all the emotion that goes with winning big games, but also the hard work, dedication and passion of everyone involved at every stage from players to staff and to my own family and to the fans themselves.

"This a hugely unexpected honour and one that I am humbled by. I’d like to thank all the staff at the Union, the players, my fellow coaches and back room staff and everyone throughout Welsh rugby for their passion, respect and belief over the last 12 years."

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