"I’ve so much admiration for him" - Warren Gatland on the five players he would include in his all-time XV - Ruck

“I’ve so much admiration for him” – Warren Gatland on the five players he would include in his all-time XV

A few legends don’t make the cut.

During his three tours coaching the Lions, Warren Gatland coached some of the greatest players to have ever graced a rugby field.

Flying wingers, powerhouse forwards, colossal defenders: Gatz coached them all.

The Kiwi, who was a guest on BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast, paid tribute to the three best players he has ever coached.

DID YOU KNOW? As a player, Warren Gatland was one of Waikato’s longest-serving players, having played 140 games for the province – a record at the time

Warren Gatland’s FIVE best players

1. Shane Williams (Wales)

Position: Winger

“Probably pound-for-pound, Shane Wiliams. He had some incredible brilliant attacking attributes,” Gatland said.

“But sometimes Shane could score three tries and let in two. But pound for pound he was unbelievable when he was at his best.”

DID YOU KNOW? Williams was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame during opening ceremonies for the Hall’s first physical home in Rugby, Warwickshire

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