MY LIFE IN PIC­TURES… WAR­REN G AT LAND GATS THE JOKER

The Lions coach takes a breather from his hec­tic tour sched­ule to give us the in­side track on these pho­tos from through­out his ca­reer

Rugby World - - G E R A R D C A R M O DY - IN­TER­VIEW SARAH MOCK­FORD // PIC­TURES GETTY IM­AGES & INPHO

“This was when I was coach­ing in Ire­land in 1998. It was just one of those times I was on the side­line, all the pho­tog­ra­phers were there and I just pulled a funny face for the cam­era.

“Ex­ter­nally peo­ple think I’m se­ri­ous and that I don’t show a lot of emo­tion, but those who know me would say I’m com­pletely dif­fer­ent. I don’t mind the ex­ter­nal way peo­ple see me. Some­times in a game I’ll be re­ally emo­tive but by the time the cam­era turns to me I’ve calmed down.

“I like hav­ing a joke and play­ing pranks. Prav Math­ema likes to hide in cup­boards and try to scare you, so I al­ways try to get him back. He’s got OCD and likes every­thing on his desk to be per­fect, so I’ll go along and put things in dif­fer­ent places.

“Lions tours in­volve such long days and you have to switch on, but you’ve got to en­joy what you’re do­ing as well.”

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