Gatland gave up his seat in business class so a family could sit together
Wales boss Warren Gatland has made the nation, and his mother, proud with an amazing gesture on a flight from Auckland to Sydney.
The Kiwi gave up his seat in business class so a grandmother could travel with her daughter and grandchild on the plane, report Wales Online.
The Lions supremo was flying in business class when a mother and her small baby sat next to him. The woman was accompanied by her mother, but she was seated in the economy section of the plane.
Gatland, who is known as a big family man, gave his seat to the grandmother so she could help her daughter with the baby during the flight and walked to the back of the plane to sit in economy class.
Gatland earned widespread acclaim for the gesture
The story was posted on Facebook by a passenger who witnessed the gesture and has been shared hundreds of times by people across the world.
Dennis Shepherd, from Ngunguru, New Zealand, wrote: "What a gentleman, I was flying from Auckland to Sydney yesterday and Warren Gatland the Welsh coach was sitting in the row in front of me in business class.
“A mother with a small baby arrived and was seated next to him, she was accompanied by her mother (the grandmother) who was seated way back in the plane.
“Warren swapped his business class seat for a seat in the back of the plane so the two could travel together.
. @Hengen96 Just spoke to Warren and it is true, he said he knows how hard it is travelling with children https://t.co/fL4zGuHVHw
— Welsh Rugby Union (@WelshRugbyUnion) October 9, 2016 Even Gatland’s mother commented on the incident
“It’s really nice that gentlemen still exist. If you see this man, buy him a beer.”
He added: “And please share the hell out of this post.”
The story even reached Gatland’s mother, Kay, who proudly said on Facebook: "That’s my son, love him."
Wales RU confirmed the story after being contacted by a fan on Twitter, saying: "Just spoke to Warren and it is true. He said he knows how hard it is travelling with children.