Having coached the Lions, Wales and Ireland, it’s safe to say that Warren Gatland has worked with some of the very best rugby players during his career.
Gatland was speaking on BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast and paid tribute to the five best players he has ever coached.
The New Zealander split his list into three categories – the best pound-for-pound player, the best captain, the best Lion and the most talented player.
#5. Shane Williams (Wales)
“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.”