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Rugby blogging: Warren Gatland has coached in the English premiership, the Super 14 and been Ireland's coach. And he's still surprised that people in Wales think being Welsh coach is a big deal?

New Wales coach Warren Gatland says he has been surprised by the level of media interest his first week in charge has attracted.

The 44-year-old revealed the scrutiny has been far greater than anything he has ever experienced in his native New Zealand, another hot-bed of rugby.

"I suppose I'll just have to come to terms with the level of interest and media interest in the game," he said.

This is odd. The intense pressure that comes with coaching the Taffs is one reason plenty of sane people would be leery of taking the job. If this comes as a great surprise to you when you do accept the task then one can't help but wonder if you're really cut out for the job. Still, good luck lads.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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