Warren Gatland keen to create a ‘no excuses environment’ with Wales

Warren Gatland wants to operate in a “no excuses environment” after taking up the reins for a second stint as Wales head coach.

The New Zealander’s previous spell at the helm between 2007 and 2019 delivered four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams, two World Cup semi-final appearances and a brief time as rugby union’s world number one team.

This time around, though, he takes charge after a year that produced just three victories from 12 starts under Wayne Pivac, which included home defeats against Italy and Georgia.

“That’s what I’ve done in the past, a no-excuse environment, so when players come into camp you can get the best out of them.

“That’s what we’ve prided ourselves on in the past, being able to do that.

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Warren Gatland with Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Steve Phillips (left) and WRU chair Ieuan Evans (Ben Birchall/PA)

“One of the reasons when I spoke to Steve (Phillips, Welsh Rugby Union chief executive) was remembering the good times of being here, in front of 75,000 people.

“There is a lot of pressure and expectation, but that motivates you and gets you excited.”

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