Wales head coach Warren Gatland was honoured last night with a special award at the prestigious Rugby Expo Awards at Twickenham.
Gatland picked up the award of 'Outstanding Contribution' to rugby in a year which saw him guide the British & Irish Lions to a memorable Test series victory over Australia.
Gatland, who is busy preparing for this weekend's Dove Men Series clash with Argentina at Millennium Stadium, said: "It's a great honour to win the Outstanding Contribution award at the 2013 Rugby Expo Dinner & Awards.
"The award means a great deal and to follow the previous winners is a great honour. I have worked in some great set-ups and I would like to thank all those I have worked alongside and thank the committee for the award."
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