Rugby World Cup 2019: ‘Emotional’ Warren Gatland chokes up before last Wales game

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Warren Gatland has walked down the Principality Stadium tunnel for the last time as Wales coach.

Huw Fairclough

Warren Gatland has walked down the Principality Stadium tunnel for the last time as Wales coach.

Warren Gatland admits he “got a bit choked up” during an emotional address to his team before his last test in Wales.

The former All Black’s 12-year tenure as Wales’ head coach will end after the Rugby World Cup when he will return to New Zealand to coach the Chiefs.

Gatland – who has guided Wales to four Six Nations  titles, including three grand slams –  took his team to the Principality Stadium against Ireland on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) for his final home test in Cardiff.

He admitted to a few emotional moments in his team talk prior to leaving the hotel.

Warren Gatland watched his Wales team lose their number one world ranking in a 22-17 defeat to Ireland in Cardiff.

Adam Davy

Warren Gatland watched his Wales team lose their number one world ranking in a 22-17 defeat to Ireland in Cardiff.

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“Yeah, I was a bit lost for words and got a bit choked up,” Gatland told reporters after Ireland’s 22-17 win.

“It was emotional really. I’ve loved my time. Even coming off the pitch I was quite emotional

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