Coach Warren Gatland set to achieve a century of check matches next weekend, hooker Ken Owens claims his boss doesn’t get enough credit.
Not solely has Gatland crystal rectifier Wales to a few Six Nations titles – as well as 2 Grand Slams – he has additionally been palmy as coach of country and Irish Lions.
Wales additionally reached a tourney semi-final in 2011, beneath Gatland, whereas his travel with the Lions has seen them beat Australia and draw with cheat on World Champions New Sjaelland.
As Wales big wheel, he can rack up his one hundredth check next weekday in Irish capital, once his current team face his former aspect Eire.
And Owens same of the 54-year-old New Zealander: “He could be a nice coach, and his work with the Lions has placed him up there with the most effective.
“Both within and outdoors of Wales, for a few reason, he is forever had to prove himself, despite serving to remodel Wales.
“We’ve been right up within the combine and things haven’t gone right invariably, however we’ve invariably been there or thereabouts, and that we are a really robust team to interrupt down.
“We have won 3 (Six Nations) championships and 2 Grand Slams, throughout the last ten years, and he has won one Lions series and drawn the opposite.
“The New island tour was the best result there in Lions history, and if you investigate New Island over the past twenty or thirty years, they haven’t lost at Eden Park and that we got a draw there.
“They hadn’t lost a home check since 2008 or 2009, and that we beat them in Wellington.
“He has been my solely coach in international ragger. He is aware of the way to get the most effective out of players.
“When we’ve been in powerful things, he is aware of the way to get that additional number of per cent out of you.
“He may be a excellent man manager. He has managed that and place an enormous stress on the very fact family comes initial.