With more resources and a greater pool of talent to choose from, many feared how powerful England or France would become with Gatland at the helm.
ANNOUNCEMENT | Warren Gatland has inked a four-year deal as Head Coach of the Gallagher Chiefs.
— Gallagher Chiefs (@ChiefsRugby) June 27, 2019
A grassroots referendum put an end to the French federation’s filtration with appointing a non-Frenchman as their national team’s boss.
And while the three-time Grand Slam winning coach subsequently ruled out the possibility of taking over from Eddie Jones in England after the World Cup, some thought that this was another case of his famed mind games.
With Wales heading into the World Cup in September with a lot of momentum, the last thing they would have wanted was the news that their coach was moving to their fiercest rival next year.
However, this confirmed move to the Chiefs has quashed the fears that the New Zealander would be taking over at Twickenham after the World Cup.
It has left Welsh fans seemingly over the moon. This is what they have said:
Really really glad it’s not England
— You’re so fucking special (@GubbenEvans) June 27, 2019
Great delighted not going to England that would be kick in the teeth.
— Tyrone H (@TyroneH19261513) June 27, 2019
HE ISN'T GOING TO ENGLAND!!! Warren Gatland's announced he's returning to New Zealand to coach his hometown club once he's done with Wales after the Rugby World Cup. #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/4pPGicR6nj
— CapitalSWales News (@capitalswanews) June 28, 2019
Let’s just be happy he’s not gonna turn up as England coach!
— Jason Waterfalls (@steven_mcghee) June 28, 2019
Thank the lord he’s not going to England
— Ryan Williams (@ryanwill83) June 27, 2019
The thought of the great man going to England fills me with dread!! Please be true!
— paul curbishley (@curby235) June 27, 2019
France have been in disarray for a while but many believe that under the right coaching, they could become the most powerful side in world rugby. Gatland was touted as the man who could bring about a great French revival before the FFR referendum result.
Many Welsh fans could have lived with the idea of Gatland coaching France, but they could not abide the thought of him being in charge of England. They now feel pleasantly relieved.
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