Warren Gatland calls for All Blacks v Lions ‘decider’

Date published: April 8 2020

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland wants his side to play the All Blacks in a series “decider” when the coronavirus crisis has ended.

Gatland guided the Lions to a 1-1 draw in the three-Test series during their tour of New Zealand in 2017 with the final Test finishing in a 15-15 deadlock at Eden Park in Auckland.

At the time, players from sides expressed their frustration that the series had no winners and Gatland feels a one-off Test in 2021 could decide the matter once and for all.

He said rugby bosses will have to think outside of the box to bring in much needed revenue when the game eventually resumes and an All Blacks v Lions fixture would generate lots of interest amongst fans.

The Lions are set to tour South Africa next year and Gatland, who is currently coaching the Chiefs in Super Rugby, revealed that he has already held talks with New Zealand Rugby about the Maori All Blacks facing his famous touring team in a warm-up match.

He feels, however, that the All Blacks Test side should be involved in that fixture instead.

“Is it something the All Blacks could do, go up there and we could do a bit of a decider before we go off to South Africa at the end of June next year?” Gatland told New Zealand’s Sky Sports on Wednesday.

“Potentially it’s a chance to make 4-5 million pounds to put some money back into the coffers that we’re going to need.”