Listen back to Warren Gatland on the Hawksbee and Jacobs
Thursday, November 2, 2017
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has admitted he was disappointed by the animosity he faced from his own countrymen during this year’s tour of New Zealand.
Gatland said he was ‘proud’ to be taking the Lions to his homeland in what he hoped would be a tour that celebrated rugby.
But instead the Kiwi was hounded by press throughout the tour – which ended tied at 1-1 after a sensational draw in the third and final Test against the All Blacks.
Gatland was a special guest on Thursday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show, where he gave an inside account into his homecoming…
“The stick I got was from day one,” said the Lions boss.
“When I reflect back on it, maybe it was a bit of naivety from me? The Lions are iconic and they travel once every four years and go to New Zealand once every 12 years. I was thinking, this is a celebration of rugby, with the fans getting involved and the history…this could be an unbelievable tour and be really positive.
“So that negativity kind of took me by surprise. It’s something I maybe should have expected right from the start. I felt disappointed.
“I was so proud as a Kiwi to be taking the Lions home and being in charge, I was so looking forward to it, so I was a little bit disappointed by the negativity… it took a little bit of the gloss off it.
“But that made me even more resilient and even more determined to want to be successful and to fight harder.”
Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Warren Gatland IN FULL above!