Warren Gatland & Heineken Cup
Warren David Gatland (born 17 September 1963) is a former New Zealand rugby footballer and the current head coach of the Wales national team. The Heineken Cup (known as the H Cup in France due to restrictions on alcohol sponsorship) is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the six International Rugby Board (IRB) countries in Europe whose national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. /5
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Lock Ian Evans will miss Wales' Six Nations defence after being banned for 12 weeks for stamping. Evans, 29, was dismissed by referee Romain Poite during Ospreys' 36-3 Heineken Cup defeat by Leinster after stamping on opponent Mike McCarthy. The British and Irish Lions player pleaded guilty before a disciplinary hearing in Dublin on Thursday. Entry-level suspensions for stamping range from two to nine-plus weeks, with 52 weeks the maximum. It is another blow for Wales coach Warren Gatland, who is already without injured forward Ryan Jones and may not have captain Sam Warburton fit for their opening match against Italy on 1 February.
RaboDirect PRO12 Predictions: Round 6 October 25, 2013 The first two rounds of the Heineken Cup have come and gone, and now Round Six of the RaboDirect Pro12 looms on the horizon. An intriguing list of fixtures await, particularly with the Autumn Internationals in the back of everyone’s minds, and Messrs Gatland, Johnson, Schmidt and Brunel will all be looking on with considerable interest. Zebre vs Scarlets If you had offered the Scarlets six points from their opening two Heineken Cup games two weeks ago, and a place at the top of Pool 4, they would have bitten your hand off. That being said, there will likely be a lot of frustration surrounding the fact they could not finish off Racing Metro after a very encouraging start last week, and I expect them to take that frustration out on Zebre. With the combination of Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies playing as well as any centre pairing in the Northern Hemisphere, and an underrated back row of Aaron Shingler, John Barclay and Josh Turnbull, they should p ...
Five talking points as Joe Schmidt announces his first Ireland squad October 24, 2013 1. Potential debutants Joe Schmidt has included 3 uncapped players in his squad for the forthcoming Guinness series tests against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand. Hoping to make their first test appearances are Leinster’s David Kearney and Jack McGrath, who deserves a place ahead of David Kilcoyne, while Munster back row James Coughlan has every chance of a first cap just ahead of his 33rd birthday in December. Kearney in particular has been in sparkling form for Leinster over the last 12 months and looks set to join his brother Rob in the Irish backline at some stage in the autumn. Kearney, 24, whose inclusion edges out Andrew Trimble, already has a Heineken Cup winner’s medal to his name so comes well prepped for international rugby. 2. The Leinster connection When Joe Schmidt swapped his Leinster Blue tracksuit for the green of Ireland his familiarity with the IRFU undoubtedly worked in his favour. It was a natur ...
Wales Squad for Autumn Internationals October 22, 2013 Wales boss Warren Gatland has named three uncapped players in a 35-man squad for next month’s Tests against South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia. Ospreys wing Eli Walker, Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen and Scarlets scrum-half Rhodri Williams have all been selected. But there are no places for injured British and Irish Lions backs Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert or Blues captain Matthew Rees. Racing Metro centre Roberts is recovering from an ankle injury, while Blues wing Cuthbert suffered an ankle problem during last weekend’s Heineken Cup victory over European champions Toulon. The Blues have today announced Rees will be out of the game for an enforced period after undergoing testicular surgery. Perpignan back James Hook, who last started for Wales against another Test-playing country two years ago, has made the squad, which is based largely on last season’s RBS 6 Nations title-winning group. There is also a place for scrum-half Mike P ...
RUGBY UNION- Wales coach Warren Gatland warns that English and French clubs' attempts to set up a breakaway tournament from the Heineken Cup will fail. The Rugby Champions Cup, due to start next season, is a result of Anglo-French frustrations with Heineken Cup qualification and revenue sharing. "I don't see an Anglo-French competition being successful or lasting that long," Gatland, who was also in charge of the British and Irish Lions during their tour to Australia, told reporters. "I think all parties want full representation from all the countries."
Latest Sports News: Anglo-French Cup will fail - Gatland - Wales coach Warren Gatland believes the Anglo-French breakaway from the Heineken Cup is destined to fail.
"It’s easy for Munster to qualify for the Heineken Cup every year." Warren Gatland, then Wasps coach, April 2004:
Clive Woodward - Former England captain, 3 times Lions player / coach, World Cup winning coach: "Cooper should be in Wallabies' squad .. the Lions did not want to face him and they have got their wish .." Again: "Australia are in for a huge battle against such a powerful team and they need the X-Factor dotted around their back line .. They need Cooper at fly-half, O'Connor on the wing and Beale at fullback. That this will not happen is a true shame for fans but brilliant news for the Lions." Warren Gatland - Heineken Cup winning coach, 2 time Grand Slam winning coach, 2 times Lions coaching staff: 'With Quade you get the full bag of tricks. You've got to watch him, the quick taps and stuff, he just plays with a different threat.' Ewen Mckenzie - 73 Super Rugby caps, World Cup winning player, 2 x Super Rugby finalist coach, Super Rugby winning coach: "I get to pick Quade every week" Robbie Deans - 5 x AB caps, 5 times Super Rugby winning coach, ABs assistant coach: "He called me / us toxic".
Best of the Weekend: Amlin and Heineken Cup finals Posted on May 20, 2013 Leinster cruise to easy victory against Stade The weekend was kicked off in spectacular fashion on Friday night when Leinster collected their fourth European trophy in just five years, as they picked up the Amlin Challenge Cup at a canter against Stade Francais. Although Stade enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, they could not live with the precision or efficiency of their Irish counterparts, who cruised to a 34-13 victory. Leinster’s first try came from Ian Madigan, with the youngster collecting an offload from the man whose shoes he will need to fill next season, Jonathan Sexton, and raced off over the try line. Madigan then turned provider for Leinster’s next try, collecting a cross-field kick from Isaac Boss, and offloaded out of the tackle to the arriving Sean Cronin, with the hooker then barging his way over for try number two. Leinster’s third followed the same script, but with a different cast, Sexton making a pr ...
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