Luxury holidays and family reunions for Lions players as Warren Gatland endures 14-day hard quarantine – Wales Online


Three-time Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be spending two weeks in airport quarantine in New Zealand before he can be reunited with his family.

Dan Biggar joked it “probably isn’t up to his usual five-star standard”, but it will give the former Wales boss plenty of time to ponder his future and whether that may involve leading the Lions in Australia in 2025 (the door has been left open, which you can read about here ).

For Gatland’s Lions squad, however, they are in for a much more relaxing wind-down from the 2-1 series defeat to the Springboks.

It’s been a long season of rugby for the tourists, made all the more challenging by Covid-secure bubbles in the regular season before heading away from family for weeks to try and get one over on South Africa.

Now, it’s time for a well-deserved break.

Louis Rees-Zammit has headed to Monaco to reunite with his family, having spent recent weeks soaking up his Lions experience and guarding BIL the mascot.

“Unbelievable couple of months away with the British and Irish Lions,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Made friends for life and just want to thank everyone for the support.”

He shared a mouth-watering snap of the sea and what looks like a luxury hotel in Monte Carlo, while his brother Taylor shared a snap of Louis and mum Maxine out for an evening meal, writing: “Very happy to have her baby back”.

Louis Rees-Zammit pictured with his mum Maxine after the Lions tour
(Image: Instagram/@lrzammit)

Louis Rees-Zammit shares a snap from his stay in Monaco
(Image: Instagram/@lrzammit)

He’s not the only one to have headed abroad, with Maro Itoje sharing a snap on Instagram from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital.

As for the Irish Lions squad contingent, the tourists were making a pit stop in Dublin before the Welsh, England and Scottish players headed to Jersey for quarantine.

Having travelled from South Africa, which is on the UK’s red list, people arriving would normally have to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in Jersey regardless of vaccination.

However, ITV report that the Lions have been granted an exemption whereby double-jabbed tourists only have to isolate until they receive their first negative Covid test result and non-vaccinated party members must isolate for five days. There will also be daily PCR tests while on the island.

Four-star luxury hotel Pomme D’Or Hotel is welcoming the Lions, with a sign at their premises reading: “A very warm welcome to the British and Irish Lions from all of us at the Pomme D’Or Hotel”.

Jersey is acting as the scene for many family reunions, with Josh Adams meeting one-month-old daughter Lottie for the first time after she was born while he was on Lions duty.

Cardiff Rugby back-three man Adams was reunited with fiancée Georgia Davies on Monday in Jersey when he finally got to meet his baby girl Lottie Efa Adams. You can read the full story here.

Dan Biggar has been looking forward to reuniting with his son, James.

“I can’t wait to see my family again,” the Wales fly-half wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“My family are due to fly out but we’re looking at a last-minute switch to France. I’ve got a fair bit of daddy duty to catch up on!

“I’ve got 10 days in a villa in Greece later this month.

“It’s been a great eight weeks and we’ve been treated extremely well, but a few boys will be rushing to the airport to get home to their loved ones. We’ve been away from our families for a long time.”

Wales forward Wyn Jones and full-back Liam Williams have also been reunited with their families.

Williams’ fiancée Sophie Harries shared several snaps of the Scarlet on social media showing him relaxing with a bottle of bubbly on ice – with the caption “when in isolation” – and even ironing.

“What an experience the past eight weeks,” Williams wrote on Instagram.

“Devastated to fall short at the end but always an honour and privilege to put on the famous Lions jersey. Thank you for the support.”

Liam Williams pictured relaxing while booze is kept on ice
(Image: Instagram/@sophie_harries)

Liam Williams doing a spot of ironing
(Image: Instagram/@sophie_harries)

Harries later shared snaps on Tuesday of the couple along with Wyn Jones and his partner Jeian out and about on a mini-train on the island.

And while some players may be sporting the odd knock, bump or bruise here and there, one player who is returning home looking slightly different is Scotland flanker Hamish Watson who has said goodbye to his mullet.

Having not cut the back of the mullet for two years, Watson shared footage of the bobbled-up mullet being completely trimmed off at the back.

“The Mullet is dead, long live the Mullet!” he said.

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