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Warren Gatland open to work for the Chiefs ‘for free’ if 2021 British and Irish Lions tour is canceled

Chiefs head coach Warren Gatland has revealed he would “absolutely” like to return to the Hamilton franchise next year should the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa be canceled. Rugby fans can book DHL Stormers Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Gatland will leave his post with the Chiefs next season to take the helm of the Lions for a third consecutive tour after leading them to a series win against the Wallabies in 2013 and a series draw against the All Blacks in 2017.

Warren Gatland open to work for the Chiefs 'for free' if 2021 British and Irish Lions tour is canceled
Warren Gatland open to work for the Chiefs ‘for free’ if 2021 British and Irish Lions tour is canceled

He is then expected to return to see out the final two years of his four-year deal with the two-time Super Rugby champions, with Maori All Blacks and Bay of Plenty coach Clayton MacMillan signing a one-year contract to fill the void left by Gatland next season.

South Africa

Should the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to wreak havoc in South Africa, force the cancellation of the tour to the Republic, Gatland said he would relish the opportunity to return to the Chiefs. The Lions tour was given the go-ahead three weeks ago to allow some “certainty” for the multitude of fans expected to travel from the United Kingdom.

However, with over half a million coronavirus cases in South Africa, there is plenty of uncertainty about the feasibility of the eight-match tour, which is scheduled to kick-off against the Stormers in Cape Town on July 3.

Warren Gatland open to work for the Chiefs 'for free' if 2021 British and Irish Lions tour is canceled
Warren Gatland open to work for the Chiefs ‘for free’ if 2021 British and Irish Lions tour is canceled

“It’s something we haven’t talked about. I’d have to do it for free, probably, I won’t get paid,” Gatland said when asked on Friday if he would like to stay involved in the Chiefs’ plans next season if the Lions tour is called off.

But absolutely. In these last seven or eight weeks, I’ve learned a lot about the players, and what sort of things you’d do differently, what things you would continue with.

“Working with the other coaches, hopefully, the things that we’ve learned collectively will be beneficial for next year. So if he’s with the Lions it’s going to be a challenge. Would I like that continuity? I would. But we’re still day by day and we’re seeing what’s going to be happening in that space going forward.”

Warren Gatland open to work for the Chiefs 'for free' if 2021 British and Irish Lions tour is canceled
Warren Gatland open to work for the Chiefs ‘for free’ if 2021 British and Irish Lions tour is canceled

Warren Gatland

Gatland will head to the UK early next month ahead of the 2020-21 domestic season as he begins to prepare for the tour as the Lions eye their first series win over the Springboks since 1997. The Chiefs, meanwhile, will look to register their first Super Rugby Aotearoa win in their final game of the season against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

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British & Irish Lions Series Bolters – South Africa

With the British and Irish Lions Series in South Africa less than a year away, LWOSRugby takes a look at potential bolters for the tour. First, they are the Springboks. Rugby fans can book South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The Forwards

Jaco Coetzee. 24. 108kg. Back row. 0 Test caps.

The strength and depth that South Africa boasts in the back row is downright terrifying and makes this a bold prediction. World Cup champions Siya Kolisi, Duane Vermuelen, and the world’s best player Pieter-Steph du Toit are likely to continue as the starting bottom row. However, the retirement of Francois Louw has opened a place on the bench and Jaco Coetzee is more than just a pretender to the throne.

British & Irish Lions Series Bolters - South Africa
British & Irish Lions Series Bolters – South Africa

Coetzee, a dynamic and aggressive ball-wielding winger in the mold of … well, every South African winger who has played the game, also boasts a deceptive change of pace, the force on the ball, and is a starting option. Its versatility means it can cover six, seven and eight and could be an ideal hit substitute as part of Rassie and Jacques’s “Bomb Squad”.

Picking Jaco Coetzee ahead of players like Marcel Coetzee, Dan, and Jean-Luc du Preez, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, and Arno Botha, all of them with Springbok experience, would certainly place the cat among the pigeons. However, with fierce performances in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup in recent seasons, Coetzee has played himself in a well-deserved contest.

The Backs

Curwin Bosch. 23. 83kg. Fly-half. 2 test plugs.

Curwin Bosch has been in and around the Springbok discussion for so long that it hardly feels good to call him a “bolter.” However, with only 2 international matches to his name, his international career is still in its infancy.

British & Irish Lions Series Bolters - South Africa
British & Irish Lions Series Bolters – South Africa

In 2020 Bosch has come of age. The backing of his coaches has finally allowed him to establish himself in his preferred mid-flight position and he is reaping the rewards. Arguably, Bosch, already the best tactical kicker in South Africa, has added a few more strings to his bow. The defensive weaknesses that have so far stalled his progression are slowly fading and as his confidence has grown he has become a high-quality fly ball game, a rarity in South Africa.

Pollard and Jantjies appear to be the preferred flying mediums for the Lions series, but an injury to either of them would land Bosch straight into the fold, likely ahead of Damian Willemse, who is currently suffering from the same ‘medium’ identity crisis. Steering wheel against lateral ‘. That haunted Bosch not long ago.

The Wildcard

Aphelele Fassi. 22. 87 kg. Full back. 0 Test caps.

Many in the northern hemisphere have not heard the name of Aphelele Fassi. Get to know it well: it’s a name you’ll hear a lot over the next decade.

This year Fassi burst onto the Super Rugby scene with dazzling performances against Jaguars and Highlanders. He finished the shortened season with the second-highest number of meters gained 619, as well as eight line jumps, 22 tackles, and three attempts to his name. So impressive has this year been that the South African rugby zeitgeist is tipping it off to be the next big thing.

British & Irish Lions Series Bolters - South Africa
British & Irish Lions Series Bolters – South Africa

Fassi’s talent may be crude, but it is undeniable. His pace is electrifying and he would play in the Lions series, he would be the fastest player on the field, yes even before Johnny May.

Complementing his speed is his footwork and vision, a brilliant cocktail of attributes that have made Fassi particularly adept at finding holes where there shouldn’t be any. A powerful kicking game, perfected from a school career in the air, makes Fassi a more complete player than one might predict.

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British and Irish Lions Tour: Gatland in the talks with Lancaster

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has exposed discussions with former England coach Stuart Lancaster for the 2021 tour of South Africa next year. Rugby fans can book South Africa Invitational Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Gatland is eager to have Lancaster, who was England’s coach between 2011 and 2015 onboard as an assistant.

British and Irish Lions Tour: Gatland in the talks with Lancaster
British and Irish Lions Tour: Gatland in the talks with Lancaster

THE LIONS WANT LANCASTER

On the Lions’ previous tour of South Africa in 2009, former Wales coach Gatland began his association with the team. Lancaster has experience in rugby testing and also has a unique vision of the game in Ireland as he currently works with the Pro14 Leinster team.

“I have a lot of respect for him Lancaster,” Gatland said on the Sky Sports podcast.

We met before the last tour and he talked to me about his opinions on the Leinster players and the Irish players and he gave me an insight into them and I appreciated that. So, look, he’s definitely a person that I’ve talked to.

“I’ve had a couple of conversations with him, but there are a number of other people that I’m going to look at and talk to, and the first step is to get clarity from unions and bosses and then potentially club CEOs. About who is available, who is not available?”

British and Irish Lions Tour: Gatland in the talks with Lancaster
British and Irish Lions Tour: Gatland in the talks with Lancaster

The scheduling uncertainty surrounding the upcoming European club rugby season may give Gatland some national team headaches. Lions may have to bring a much larger than normal tourist party to South Africa and will need to keep an eye on the North as they continue their role in the New Zealand Chiefs.

GATLAND IS NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE SARACENS RELIGATION

Gatland does not believe the Saracen decline will negatively impact the chances of Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje making the cut.

We understand that maybe playing in the Championship is not going to be on the same level, but I hope that those players will get a significant amount of international rugby between now and the tour, and if you look at them, a lot of them are very experienced and experienced activists as well Added the coach of the British and Irish Lions.

British and Irish Lions Tour: Gatland in the talks with Lancaster
British and Irish Lions Tour: Gatland in the talks with Lancaster

Perhaps the positive thing about the Saracen players is that they are going to play some test matches, they are going to play some championship games, but they are going to come to the tour really refreshed and excited and probably they are probably in better shape than many other players because they haven’t had the same level of intensity. But I’m just speculating on that right now. It’s just a matter of waiting and seeing.

“I really don’t have any worries or concerns about what state they will be in, because I think they are going to get enough high-level rugby before the tour.”

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Jamie Ritchie: Scotland forward humbled by British and Irish Lions talk

Jamie Ritchie admits it is extremely humbling to be discussed as a potential British and Irish Lions pick for next year’s tour of South Africa.

Ritchie, 23, has established himself in Edinburgh and Scotland’s back row.

But although former Lions coach Sir Ian McGeehan was one of those to put him in the frame he is reluctant to look ahead that far. Rugby fans can book British Irish lions tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“It’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was a kid but I need to put myself in that position,” he said.

Jamie Ritchie: Scotland forward humbled by British and Irish Lions talk
Jamie Ritchie: Scotland forward humbled by British and Irish Lions talk

“Hopefully, I’ll be in with a shout but there’s a lot of rugby between now and then and I just need to keep playing well.

“It’s extremely humbling to be included in these conversations, especially from guys like Sir Ian. It would be a huge honor.

“A lot of people can get caught up in looking too far ahead. It’s a bit of a cliche but you’re only as good as your last game. So I’m just going to be concentrating on getting back to some sort of form.”

Ritchie on off-field trauma and growing up fast

Ritchie certainly hopes there is a lot of rugby between now and then; given the frustration of sitting idle as Covid-19 brought a halt to the season.

His Edinburgh side resumes their quest for a Pro14 semi-final place with a double-header against Glasgow Warriors at Murrayfield later this month, knowing two victories should be enough to keep them top of Conference B as they seek a home semi-final.

Jamie Ritchie: Scotland forward humbled by British and Irish Lions talk

“Hugely important,” said Ritchie of that prospect. “Any team that goes into that position where they can get a home semi is giving themselves a huge advantage. Our home record is pretty strong. Playing at home is a benefit for any team whether there’s a crowd there or not.”

Ritchie admits his “body enjoyed a bit of a rest” during the lockdown, though he did “get roped into organizing a Zoom fitness class every Saturday morning”.

“Three months away from Murray field is the longest time I’ve had off since I finished school,” he added. “Bits of it were nice – spending time with the family, the kids. It was a really special time in a lot of ways in terms of taking stock of things we probably take for granted.”

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Selection of British and Irish Lions by Jim Hamilton in 2021

Former second-row Scotsman Jim Hamilton has chosen his fifteen initials for the 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa. Rugby enthusiasts can book South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Selection of British and Irish Lions by Jim Hamilton in 2021
Selection of British and Irish Lions by Jim Hamilton in 2021

British and Irish Lions are one of the world’s most famous teams in rugby. Every four years, Lions, selected from the national sides of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, head to the southern hemisphere to fight rugby heavyweights in New Zealand, Australia, or South Africa.

In 2021, the highly anticipated series will visit some of the most impressive stadiums in world sport and culminate in three test matches against newly crowned Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks.

British and Irish Lions

The eight-game tour begins on Saturday, July 3, 2021, when the British and Irish Lions play Vodacom Super Rugby’s DHL Stormers in Cape Town. Three weeks later, the FNB stadium in Johannesburg will host the first test, a venue that hosted the Springboks in 2013.

Selection of British and Irish Lions by Jim Hamilton in 2021
Selection of British and Irish Lions by Jim Hamilton in 2021

The second test continues on Saturday, July 31 at the Cape Town Stadium, the Lions’ first test in the Mother City since 1997, before tourists return to Gauteng for the final test on Saturday, August 7 at the Emirates. Airline Park, the famous venue of the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final.

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NIENABER: GATLAND AND LIONS WILL BE HARD TO STOP

Jacques Nienaber has praised Lions head coach Warren Gatland and insists that world champions should be on top of their game before next summer’s British and Irish Lions Tour.

Dates for the eight-game Tour were confirmed last week, with the Lions kicking off proceedings against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday, July 3. Rugby enthusiasts can book British lions rugby tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

NIENABER: GATLAND AND LIONS WILL BE HARD TO STOP
NIENABER: GATLAND AND LIONS WILL BE HARD TO STOP

The long-awaited three-match test series begins in Johannesburg on July 24 and moves to Cape Town a week later before returning to Johannesburg on Saturday, August 7. It will be the first time that two teams have met since 2009 when the Springboks overcame a tight series 2-1, and Gatland was assistant coach to Sir Ian McGeechan.

This will be Gatland’s third series as head coach after he led the Lions to a 2-1 series victory in Australia in 2013 and a 1-1 draw in New Zealand four years later.

Warren Gatland

“Warren Gatland’s ability and training experience, and the teams he put together on his two previous tours to Australia and New Zealand, speak for themselves,” Springboks head coach Nienaber said.

The series win in Australia was the first in 16 years, since they beat the Boks in 1997, and we know how difficult it is to get a win or draw in New Zealand.

NIENABER: GATLAND AND LIONS WILL BE HARD TO STOP
NIENABER: GATLAND AND LIONS WILL BE HARD TO STOP

Warren and his coaching staff are highly experienced in setting up Lions, what it takes to fuse players from four teams and four different play styles, and what buttons to press to unlock emotions, abilities, and grunts from various countries.

“They will certainly have all their ducks in a row and it will be a great challenge for us. Certainly, there is enough intrigue and stories involved that they will make a massive shock next year.”

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Brian O’Driscoll names his Lions XV 2021 to defeat the Springboks: 8 English, 3 Welsh, 2 Irish and 2 Scots

2005 Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll named the XV he believes capable of defeating South Africa when the expected series of tests against the Springboks begin this time next July. Rugby fans can book British lions tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

O’Driscoll, the Irish midfielder who toured four Lions and Warren Gatland infamously dropped him for the 2013 series decisive against Australia, has opted for an England-dominated team for a 2021 series starting in Johannesburg on 24 July next year.

Brian O'Driscoll names his Lions XV 2021 to defeat the Springboks: 8 English, 3 Welsh, 2 Irish and 2 Scots
Brian O’Driscoll names his Lions XV 2021 to defeat the Springboks: 8 English, 3 Welsh, 2 Irish and 2 Scots

It is a team that reflects O’Driscoll’s taste for the England team under Eddie Jones: O’Driscoll had tipped them to win last year’s World Cup before the tournament began, a prediction that only fell short in the final hurdle when the Springboks beat the English in Yokohama.

By announcing his choice of the Off The Ball radio show in Ireland, O’Driscoll began his eight-player English preference by choosing Anthony Watson and Jonny May on the wings, Manu Tuilagi in the middle and Owen Farrell in the middle.

In advance, he added four more English men, Billy Vunipola at n. 8th, Sam Underhill in the opening, Jamie George in the prostitute and ending with Maro Itoje on the blind side instead of the second row, which is his regular position in England and where he played for the Lions tied in 2017 Test Series in New Zealand.

Brian O'Driscoll names his Lions XV 2021 to defeat the Springboks: 8 English, 3 Welsh, 2 Irish and 2 Scots
Brian O’Driscoll names his Lions XV 2021 to defeat the Springboks: 8 English, 3 Welsh, 2 Irish and 2 Scots

Explaining his thoughts on Itoje, O’Driscoll said: “The back row, aside from Billy, is very difficult. I’m going to go from one size aspect and it makes another decision easier. I’m going to go with Maro Itoje to That size will matter, particularly against South Africa, whom we’ve seen physically decimate the teams.

“If you watch Pieter-Steph du Toit playing at six, you have to match him. Itoje is someone who is capable of doing that.”

Brian O’Driscoll

Trading players from other countries that he wants to present at the Gatland XV, O’Driscoll chose Jonathan Davies at No. 13, Tomos Williams in the scrum-half and veteran Alun Wyn Jones in the lock.

Completing the team with two teams from Ireland and Scotland, O’Driscoll calculated that Irish regulars Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan will appear in the tight five, while his Scottish favorites were Stuart Hogg on the side and surprisingly Rory Sutherland on loosehead.

Brian O'Driscoll names his Lions XV 2021 to defeat the Springboks: 8 English, 3 Welsh, 2 Irish and 2 Scots
Brian O’Driscoll names his Lions XV 2021 to defeat the Springboks: 8 English, 3 Welsh, 2 Irish and 2 Scots

Off The Ball Lions XV, by Brian O’Driscoll: Stuart Hogg Scotland; Anthony Watson England, Jonathan Davies Wales, Manu Tuilagi England, Jonny May England; Owen Farrell England, Tomos Williams Wales; Rory Sutherland Scotland, Jamie George England, Tadhg Furlong Ireland, James Ryan Ireland, Alun Wyn Jones Wales, Maro Itoje England, Sam Underhill England, Billy Vunipola England.

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British and Irish lions know what it takes to win – Nienaber

The success in Australasia in 2013 and 2017, coupled with the continued training and experience of Warren Gatland, means that next year’s British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa will be “massive” and a fitting challenge for the Springboks. Rugby fans can book British lions rugby tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The first test is slated for a year from today in Johannesburg and Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber, speaking on the SA Rugby Podcast, said he expects more of the same from Gatland and his touring team when they arrive in South Africa in 2021.

It will be Nienaber’s second encounter with the British and Irish Lions after he was involved with DHL’s Western Province in 2009. Tourists won a tough battle in torrential rain 26-23 at DHL Newlands in Cape Town.

British and Irish lions know what it takes to win - Nienaber
British and Irish lions know what it takes to win – Nienaber

Four years later, the Gatland Lions beat the Wallabies 2-1, winning the Final Test 41-16, the most points scored in a Test by the European touring team and their biggest victory since a beating Australia 31-0. 1966. In 2017 Gatland led a strong squad to New Zealand, where they drew the Test series after the final match ended at a 15-15 deadlock.

“Warren Gatland’s ability and training experience, and the teams he put together on his two previous tours to Australia and New Zealand, speak for themselves,” Nienaber said.

The series win in Australia was the first in 16 years, since they beat the Boks in 1997, and we know how difficult it is to get a win or draw in New Zealand.

“Warren and his coaching staff are highly experienced in setting up Lions, what it takes to fuse players from four teams and four different play styles, and what buttons to press to unlock emotions, abilities, and grunts from various countries. They will certainly have all their ducks in a row and it will be a great challenge for us.”

British and Irish lions know what it takes to win - Nienaber
British and Irish lions know what it takes to win – Nienaber

Jacques Nienaber

One area of ​​concern for Nienaber is that the Springboks won’t know exactly what to expect from the British and Irish Lions, but they are taking notes from an unlikely source: Hamilton in New Zealand.

“The negative for us is that we don’t know what kind of playing style they will bring to South Africa, said Nienaber. We are looking at Warren with the Chiefs right now, to see what direction they are going, as he could take some of that to SA next year. Certainly, there is enough intrigue and stories involved that they will make a massive shock next year.”

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British and Irish Lions tour dates to South Africa confirmed

Just under a year after its scheduled start, British and Irish Lions’ tour dates to South Africa were confirmed. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the schedule, in part due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the eight-game tour will begin on Saturday, July 3, 2021, when tourists play the Stormers in Cape Town.

Three weeks later, the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg will host the first test, with the second scheduled for Cape Town on Saturday, July 31, before the tour concludes in Johannesburg for the third test at Ellis Park a week later.

The Lions Trial in Cape Town will be the first there since their 1997 tour. It will be the first time for the Lions to play at the Cape Town Stadium as it will host the first Trial, the FNB Stadium.

British and Irish Lions tour dates to South Africa confirmed
British and Irish Lions tour dates to South Africa confirmed

“The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a major disruption to the sports calendar,” but after extensive discussions, we can now confirm that the Tour dates are as previously announced,” Said Ben Calveley, Managing Director of British and Irish Lions at a press release.

It was also speculated that dates could change as part of World Rugby’s push for the introduction of a global calendar. That, however, is in the background.

“It takes a great deal of planning, especially from a logistical perspective, to organize a series of Lions, so it was crucial that a decision be decided in due course,” Calveley said.

“I am particularly pleased that we can provide some clarity to all Lions fans looking to travel to South Africa next summer.”

The British and Irish Lions have toured South Africa 13 times before, with the first Tour in 1891. At that time, the Lions won series of four events, lost eight with a draw. His overall record against the Springboks is played 46, he won 17, he lost 23 and he drew six. On their last tour in 2009, the Springboks won the highly competitive and captivating series 2-1.

“We are delighted to confirm that the tour dates remain the same,” said SA Rugby Chief Executive Jurie Roux.

British and Irish Lions tour dates to South Africa confirmed
British and Irish Lions tour dates to South Africa confirmed

“All of South Africa looks forward to welcoming the Lions and we continue to move forward with our plans to provide travel followers with a once in a lifetime experience.”

Full schedule for the 2021 tour:

Saturday, July 3: British and Irish Lions VS Stormers – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Wednesday, July 7: British and Irish Lions VS South Africa ‘Invitational’ – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium‚ Port Elizabeth

Saturday, July 10: British and Irish Lions VS Sharks – Kings Park, Durban

Wednesday, July 14: British and Irish Lions VS South African Team “A” – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Saturday, July 17: British and Irish Lions VS Bulls – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Saturday, July 24 (First Test): Springboks VS British and Irish Lions – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Saturday, July 31 (Second Test): Springboks VS British & Irish Lions – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Saturday, August 7 (Third Test): Springboks VS British and Irish Lions – Ellis Park, Johannesburg

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All Blacks snub as Boks captain Siya Kolisi tops British rugby magazine’s peak influential

Only two New Zealanders, and not All Blacks, have been in the top 10 of the 50 most influential people in the sport by British magazine Rugby World. Rugby fans can book British lions rugby tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

British and Irish Lions boss and Coach Warren Gatland is ranked No. 4 and Kiwi manager and World Rugby women’s game boss Katie Sadleir lands at No. 10 on a list led by the winning captain. From the South African World Cup, Siya Kolisi.

All Blacks snub as Boks captain Siya Kolisi tops British rugby magazine's peak influential
All Blacks snub as Boks captain Siya Kolisi tops British rugby magazine’s peak influential

Only two players are in the top 10 on a list heavily influenced by the northern hemisphere, with England and the British and Irish Lion Maro Itoje landing at number 3. Itoje intends to lead the compound side on his South African tour next time. Year.

New World Rugby Vice President and FFR President Bernard Laporte reaches number 2 behind Kolisi in the top 10 of the magazine and the former French national coach is expected to lead the momentum for a major change in the game internationally.

It’s not surprising to see Gatland’s rating as high as he prepares for his swan as a coach for British and Irish Lions in South Africa next year, though he’s clearly having his challenges with the Chiefs after his 0-4 start in Super Rugby. Aotearoa season.

All Blacks snub as Boks captain Siya Kolisi tops British rugby magazine's peak influential
All Blacks snub as Boks captain Siya Kolisi tops British rugby magazine’s peak influential

Sadleir, a former kiwi Olympian in synchronized swimming, is perhaps more surprising with her inclusion in the top 10, although she does reflect the growth of the female game that presides over the world body.

The top 10 is completed by Nick Clarry 5, who heads the sports division at CVC private equity investors; The Springboks 2019 coach, Rassie Erasmus 6; 2023 World Cup CEO Claude Atcher 7; English coach Eddie Jones 8 and World Rugby Medical Director Dr. Eanna Falvey 9.

On the decision to name inspiring Kolisi, South Africa’s first black captain and third captain to lift the World Cup, as the most influential figure in rugby, magazine columnist Stephen Jones wrote: “Kolisi is definitely the most influential in rugby right now. He’s also probably the most visionary and the bravest.

Siya Kolisi

Kolisi appreciates the power of rugby, and has the prestige, authority and intelligence to also be a statesman, to know exactly what he is saying and why it all means.

All Blacks snub as Boks captain Siya Kolisi tops British rugby magazine’s peak influential

“It also gives this great man the impression that he is saying exactly what he believes, without his words being golden for anyone’s consumption.”

Kolisi has taken a leading role in South Africa’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic through its charitable foundation, while rugby closed in his country in 2020. Rugby World claimed to have surveyed expert opinions from around the world for its biennial list.

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