“I am massively honored and delighted to guide the Lions once more,” mentioned Gatland.
“It’s thrilling and a terrific problem to educate the most effective gamers from the 4 house nations. The Lions rightly have a very particular place within the sport and I jumped on the likelihood to be concerned once more after I was approached in regards to the position.
“South Africa is a particular place to play rugby. They’ve among the most iconic stadiums on the planet which shall be packed filled with passionate followers, and the Springboks have proven in current occasions that they’re again to being one of many dominant forces within the sport.”
Gatland served as a forwards coach through the tour to South Africa in 2009, which the Lions misplaced 2-1.
“I do know the dimensions of the duty forward of us,” the 55-year-old continued. “Enjoying in South Africa presents a variety of distinctive challenges equivalent to enjoying at altitude, whereas the Boks will all the time be bodily, aggressive and extremely motivated.
“Historical past tells you it is a powerful place to tour, however I’m 100 p.c assured that we will go there and win — I might not be right here if I assumed in another way.”
He’s Wales’ longest-serving coach having taken cost in December 2007.