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Lions coach for New Zealand to be announced next month

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The British and Irish Lions are to name their head coach for next summer's tour to New Zealand on September 7.

Wales' Warren Gatland is expected to retain the position he held for the series triumph over Australia in 2013 when the chosen candidate is unveiled at a press conference in Edinburgh.

Wales fell to a 3-0 whitewash by New Zealand in June, but Gatland is an experienced and canny operator and keen to reprise a role he performed with distinction three years ago.

Furthermore, the Welsh Rugby Union has granted the 52-year-old Kiwi permission to take the eight-month sabbatical from his national post demanded by the Lions.


Gatland to name starting line-up for All Blacks clash

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Wales coach Warren Gatland is due to name his starting line-up, today, for the clash against the All Blacks.

Full back Leigh Halfpenny, centre Jonathan Davies and fly-half Dan Biggar are all back in training.

Davies has not played for more than three weeks, while Halfpenny and Biggar were both injured during Wales' 33-28 defeat against Australia.

If Halfpenny is declared fit, it would leave Gatland needing to decide on a recall for the Toulon star instead of Liam Williams, who was Wales' best player in a lethargic 17-13 victory over Fiji.

In midfield he could face a straight choice between Davies and Scott Williams.

Gatland to name team for second test

Wales will be looking to improve. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

The Wales team will be announced later as they attempt to right the wrongs of their first Test against South Africa.

The five-try 38-16 defeat at Kings Park in Durban has led to plenty of soul-searching within the Welsh camp, after their confidence in the build-up was destroyed by their hosts.

But there remains the chance to put matters right when the second Test takes place in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Team announcement due for Wales' clash with England

Warren Gatland is due to make the announcement at 11am Credit: PA

Wales' Head Coach Warren Gatland will name his team to face England in the Six Nations later.

The chosen squad will travel to Twickenham for Sunday's show-down, with both sides in with a chance of the Six Nations Championship.

They'll be hoping for a repeat performance of their last Six Nations clash against France which saw them win 27-6.


Warren Gatland named UK coach of the year

Gatland has led Wales to two Grand Slams in 2008 and 2012 Credit: PA

Wales coach Warren Gatland has been named UK Coach of the Year and High-Performance Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards 2013.

Gatland led the British and Irish Lions to their first series success in sixteen years earlier this year and was presented with the award at a prestigious ceremony in London this evening.

The New Zealander joins a list of previous winners that includes Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach Toni Minichiello and England Cricket coach Andy Flower.

It is Gatland's second award within a matter of weeks after receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Rugby award at the Rugby Expo Awards last month.

Since he took over from Gareth Jenkins as Wales coach after the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Wales have won Grand Slams titles in 2008 and 2012 as well as reaching the semi-final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Gatland: Jenkins is 'a great servant of Welsh rugby'

Warren Gatland has praised Gethin Jenkins' contribution to Welsh rugby, describing the player as 'sensational' Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales coach Warren Gatland has hailed Gethin Jenkins as a 'sensational player' and a 'great servant of Welsh rugby' ahead of the player's 100th appearance on Saturday.

"He had a phenomenal game last week (against South Africa). I think he is a sensational player," Gatland said of the 32-year-old.

"He has dropped four or five kgs and he is looking really fit at the moment. He has been training hard.

"For me, it is a fantastic milestone for someone who has been a great servant of Welsh rugby.

"I hope we can go out there on Saturday and give a performance that reflects his contribution to Welsh rugby in that we play well and win."

Gatland to announce Wales squad for autumn series

Wales take on South Africa on 9th November Credit: David Davies/PA

Warren Gatland will announce his Wales squad for the autumn internationals today. Wales take on South Africa on 9th November, before they face Argentina, Tonga and Australia in the fourth and final test on 30th November.

The South Africa test will be Wales' first outing as a national side since they suffered a 23-8 defeat to Japan in the second and final test of their summer tour.

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