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Monday Mar 11, 2024

'Incensed' Gatland reportedly initially refuses post match interview

Wales head coach Warren Gatland reportedly initially refused to conduct a post-match press conference following his side’s 45 – 24 loss to France.

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Set to talk to BBC reporter Sonja McLaughlan, Gatland is reported to have been disgruntled by some part of the interview process as he walked away.

This left presenter Gabby Logan in an awkward position as she went to McLaughlan expecting Gatland to be there.

Interjecting a point that World Cup-winning England captain Martin Johnson was in the process of making, Logan said, Martin, we’re just going to have to dive out because Warren Gatland is with Sonja McLaughlan….” before quickly having to improvise by saying, “Oh, we’ve just lost Warren. Sorry about that, I think he might be coming back, hopefully.”

Difussing the situation Gatland’s former captain Sam Warburton said, “That’s our fault, we talked for too long and Gats had enough! Sorry Gats.”

Eventually, Gatland would appear in the interview but had been waiting for quite some time to get on the air based on reporting in Wales Online.

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McLaughlan has subsequently taken to X (formerly Twitter) to say that there had been no issue with Gatland post match.

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