Warren Gatland and Leigh Halfpenny were last night recognised for their achievements over the past year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Gatland was named the ‘Coach of the Year’ and Halfpenny came in 2nd place in the overall ‘Sports Personality of the Year’.
Having conquered the Six Nations Championship early in 2013, Gatland selected Halfpenny for the Lions tour to Australia and the fullback went on to be named the ‘Man of the Series’ after breaking the record for the most points scored by a Lion in a single match in the series decider in Sydney.
The Rugby Site would like to congratulate both men on their awards and for an incredible year in 2013.
Here’s what Warren Gatland said to us about managing the Lions tour just prior to leaving for Australia..