Warren Gatland gets royal seal of approval

Last updated 17:01 14/06/2014
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WELSH COACH: Warren Gatland.

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Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland and British golfer Laura Davies are among players and officials who have been honored in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday list. 

Former All Blacks hooker Gatland has coached Wales since 2007, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. 

He's led Wales to two Six Nations Grand Slams, and coached the British and Irish Lions to a series victory in Australia last year. 

Davies, the most successful British female golfer with four major wins, was knighted and made a Dame. 

Dario Franchitti, a Scot, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. He was forced to retire in November because of a spinal injury in a race crash the month before. 

That ended a career in which he won the IndyCar Series four times and the Indianapolis 500 three times. Also receiving an MBE was British Olympic skeleton gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold.

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