Lions love: British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland beams in video

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland.
CLODAGH KILCOYNE

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland.

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has dabbled in wedding motivation after making a surprise appearance via video link at a couple's big day.

Irish fan Rebecca Seery and England supporter Harry Johnston met in Australia at the third test in 2013.

It was a test which New Zealander Gatland helped guide the Lions to victory and a series win.

Three years on and the couple got married and Gatland was again on hand to make it a memorable day.

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"How brilliant is that for an Irish woman and an Englishman to meet on a Lions Tour and end up getting married?" said the 53-year-old coach.

"I understand you met in 2013 at the third test. For me it was an incredibly special day and obviously it was for you too.

"My initial reaction was pure shock," Rebecca said.

"And then I got a bit teary as the Lions game played such a significant part in our relationship."

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Rebecca wasn't the only one to get a little emotional following Gatland's appearance.

"I won't be allowed to forget it by Rebecca, but I didn't shed a tear at the church, or during any of the speeches," Johnston said.

"But when I saw the video message, I started getting emotional thinking back to how I sat next to Rebecca as a complete stranger that day, and there she was sitting to my right again, but this time as my wife."

Rebecca, from Dublin, and Harry, of Shropshire, sat together as the only two Lions fans in a sea of green-and-gold-clad Wallabies supporters in their section of the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

"To my right were some very boisterous Aussies and I thought 'oh no, I'm going to be on my own here'," Seery said.

"Then this Englishman sat next to me with the same red Lions scarf on as me."

 - Stuff

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