Liam Williams Rugby World Cup 2019: Warren Gatland hailed as the best test coach of his generation ahead of ‘monumental’ All Blacks clash

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Liam Williams A glum Warren Gatland (R) and Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones reflect on their Rugby World Cup semifinal defeat to South Africa.

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A glum Warren Gatland (R) and Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones reflect on their Rugby World Cup semifinal defeat to South Africa.

Warren Gatland – hailed by an influential English newspaper as the best rugby coach of his generation – has talked about his desire to beat the All Blacks for the first time in his final game as Wales coach.

Wales’ World Cup title dream ended on Sunday in a 19-16 semifinal defeat to South Africa in a turgid tussle in Yokohama and now Gatland is searching for his first win over the All Blacks after 11 consecutive defeats,.

Gatland was later rated as “undoubtedly Wales’ greatest-ever coach and probably the greatest international coach of this generation” byThe Timesnewspaper, which noted Wales were 10th in the world when Gatland took over after the 2007 World Cup.

The former All Blacks hooker has guided Wales to four Six Nations titles in a 12-year coaching tenure and coached the British and Irish Lions to a series win in Australia and a drawn series with the All Blacks.

Liam Williams Centre Jonathan Davies leaves the Yokohama pitch with coach Warren Gatland after Wales' World Cup exit.

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Centre Jonathan Davies leaves the Yokohama pitch with coach Warren Gatland after Wales’ World Cup exit.

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Steve James, writing inThe Times, said Gatland deserved great credit for guiding an injury-ravaged Welsh team devoid of stars, which “cannot rely on individual brilliance”, into the World Cup semifinals.

Liam Williams Wales coach Warren Gatland (L) watches as his players form a team huddle.

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Wales coach Warren Gatland (L) watches as his players form a team huddle.

Gatland spoke after the semifinal defeat about how difficult it would be to prepare Wales for the bronze medal game against the All Blacks on Friday

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