LONDON – George W. Bush was the U.S. President, the Beijing Olympics were months away and Lehman Brothers was still solvent when Warren Gatland unveiled his debut coaching selection for Wales in the 2008 Six Nations against England.
The New Zealander's side produced a shock 26-19 victory to beat England at home for the first time in 20 years, powered by the boot of James Hook, and Gatland's Wales have been upsetting opponents in both senses of the word ever since.
The longest-serving coach among the top-tier nations bows out after this World Cup, the only major title he has not won in a glittering career that includes an unprecedented three Six Nations Grand Slams as well as two successful Lions tours.
Wales conceded a record low of just two tries in the first of those Gatland Grand Slams in 2008, and the Kiwi has built his side since on miserly defence and physical power.
That's not to say there has been no evolution.