Warren Gatland timeline
September 4, 2012
Warren Gatland alongside tour manager Andy Irvine © Getty Images
Warren Gatland was unveiled as the British & Irish Lions boss on Tuesday and here ESPNscrum looks back at his career to date.
1963: Born September 17 in Waikato, New Zealand
1986: Made his debut for Waikato in the New Zealand provincial championship as a hooker, having switched from a number eight at the age of 21.
1988: Helped Waikato beat the touring Wales team and won his first All Blacks call-up, for the tour to Australia in 1988 and became a regular in the squad.
1994: Retired from playing having made a record number of appearances for Waikato (140) and 17 for the All Blacks, although he never won a Test cap, with his path blocked by Shaun Fitzpatrick.
1996: Coached Connacht for two seasons.
1998: Appointed Ireland head coach.
2001: Appointed Wasps director of rugby and kept the club in the Premiership.
2003: Wasps won Premiership title and Parker Pen European Shield.
2004: Wasps won Premiership title and the Heineken Cup.
2005: Wasps won Premiership title.
2006: Coached Waikato to the New Zealand provincial championship.
2007: Appointed Wales head coach, replacing Gareth Jenkins after Wales had crashed out in the pool stages of the World Cup.
2008: Coached Wales to the Six Nations, including their first win against England at Twickenham for 20 years.
2009: Appointed British and Irish Lions forwards coach for the tour of South Africa. The Lions were beaten 2-1.
2010: Signed a new four-year contract with the Welsh Rugby Union that included a sabbatical to cover the summer of 2013.
2011: Coached Wales to the semi-finals of the World Cup, their best performance since the inaugural tournament in 1987.
2012: Wales won their second Grand Slam in Gatland's tenure. September 4 - Confirmed as British and Irish Lions head coach for 2013 tour of Australia.
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