Warren Gatland: Scots miles ahead of where they were in 2013

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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has praised the strides Scotland have made in the last four years and revealed that a visit to their training base had shown him why they have become “competitive and hard to beat”.

The Kiwi, who will lead the Lions for a second time when they tour New Zealand in the summer, has been in Edinburgh this week and said there was “no comparison” with the quality he witnessed compared with a similar trip he made ahead of the 2013 tour to Australia.

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland arrives at Oriam to watch Scotland train. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland arrives at Oriam to watch Scotland train. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Scotland have won two out of three of their Six Nations games this season and go into Saturday’s 
Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham dreaming of a Triple Crown and possible championship tilt.

Gatland said: “I was really impressed. There was no comparison with what I saw four years ago, in terms of structure, organisation, intensity, the way the 
session was run.

“Just from yesterday’s session, you could see why Scotland are improved. When a team are competitive and hard to beat, you can see that in a training session – and I saw that.”

Gatland was at Scotland’s Oriam training base before visiting the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, which is based at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary and is one of the Lions’ chosen charities.