Gatland ‘touched’ after being awarded OBE

Wales head coach Warren Gatland says that he felt “very touched” after being awarded an OBE by Prince William.

The New Zealander was named in Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday honours list in June and collected his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal on Thursday.

Gatland received his OBE from the William, the Queen’s grandson and son of Prince Charles at a ceremony at Windsor Castle outside London.

The Kiwi led the British and Irish Lions to a 1-2 series victory over Australia’s Wallabies last year and has led Wales to a number of Six Nations titles.

Gatland said that he was “touched” by the award and thanked all the “coaches, managers and support staff” that he had worked with in his career.

“It’s pretty nerve wracking going up there. It’s a massive honour…being in a great setting like this. I’m very touched by it really,” Gatland told AFP.

“It’s a great honour for myself but I can’t not recognise a huge number of people that I’ve been involved with that have helped me get this far and they’re incredibly important as well.”

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