Johnny Sexton backs Warren Gatland’s reappointment as Lions head coach

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& # 39; His plate speaks for itself … I'm sure he'll do a fantastic job & # 39 ;: Johnny Sexton supports the appointment of Warren Gatland as Lions head coach for third consecutive tour

  • Warren Gatland will lead the Lions for a third time against South Africa in 2021
  • He coached them to victory in Australia and a shutout series against New Zealand
  • Johnny Sexton played on both tours and supported the re-appointment of Gatland
  • & # 39; I'm sure he'll do a fantastic job. I'm very happy for him, & # 39; said Sexton

Johnny Sexton, Ireland half, has supported Warren Gatland for a & # 39; fantastic job & # 39; then he led the British and Irish Lions for the third time.

The outgoing Wales coach was named head coach for the 2021 Tour in South Africa on Friday, after he had already led the Lions to victory in Australia and a shutout series in New Zealand last time out.

Gatland is looking to make Lions history by remaining unbeaten across the Southern Hemisphere and Sexton has given his support to the appointment.

Johnny Sexton of Ireland has supported half of Warren Gatland to a & # 39; fantastic job & # 39; to act as Lions coach

Sexton was part of Gatland's squad for Australia's 2013 tours and New Zealand in 2017

& # 39; It is not surprising that he got the role again, & # 39; said Sexton, who was & # 39; part of Gatland's squad in each & # 39; the last two tours.

& # 39; He is not defeated. His plate speaks for itself. I'm sure he'll do a fantastic job. I am very happy for him. & # 39;

Gatland's task, however, of leading the Lions to victory in South Africa, however, will initially lag behind.

The direct focus of the New Zealander is this fall's World Cup in Japan, where his Wales side is looking to build on their recent Six Nations triumph.

After the last series, Gatland proved that he had & # 39; hated & # 39; and was & # 39; done & # 39; with the Lions

After the last series, Gatland proved that he had & # 39; hated & # 39; and was & # 39; done & # 39; with the Lions

A return to the Lions hotseat also seemed unlikely after the 2017 tour of New Zealand, when he was criticized by the Kiwi press and Sean O & # 39; Brien of Ireland.

The flank accused Gatland and attack coach Rob Howley of their precious victory in & # 39; the series, and proved: & # 39; If we had a little more structure in & # 39; weeks and more of an attack game plan, as such, dirty way earlier in & # 39; e tourney, we could (have won) 3-0. & # 39;

At the time, Gatland responded by declaring that he hated & # 39; the tour & # 39; and & # 39; done & # 39; was with the Lions. Now he is set to lead them once more, putting him one tour behind Sir Ian McGeechan, who led four between 1989 and 2009.

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