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Wales rugby union coach Warren Gatland, is to lead the British and Irish Lions on their forthcoming tour of New Zealand.

Sometimes you need to get the enemy on your side, sometimes you need to mix things up, trying something different, and sometimes a bit of multiculturalism can be useful.

The legendary Kiwi who first took on the top job in Welsh rugby in 2007, also coached the Lions on tours to South Africa in 2009 and Australia in 2013. The Lions are set to take on the mighty All Blacks in the summer of 2017, and preparations are underway.

One of the most respected rugby coaches on the international scene, Gatland is known for his discipline and no-nonsense management style.

Much of this is surely owed to his rugby pedigree as a player; he plied his trade in New Zealand for eight years from 1988 to 1996, and played 17 non-international matches for his country.

His detailed knowledge of his homeland’s rugby will surely be decisive should the Lions prevail, but there is a wider point. Often, when different cultural backgrounds converge, the result can be something spectacular.

So a New Zealander, steeped in the silver fern style of rugby has generated fantastic results for the Welsh national team

It's a lesson for business; teams made up of people from different backgrounds, can often generate superb results. Former Wales rugby captain, Andy Moore said: “Warren has proven himself at this level, the Lions’ victory out in Australia being a prime example, and there aren’t really any other candidates who can match him.”

“As a former New Zealand international, he knows the culture and if anyone can find any weaknesses in the All Black armour, it’s him.”

“He certainly won’t want to go out there and lose; the strength of the current England squad will help him put together a good group of players, and he’ll take confidence from that.”“It’s also a good time for the Lions to be playing New Zealand as a few of their influential players retired after the World Cup.”