Gatland: Stadium roof call should be ours
March 15, 2012
Wales' Millennium Stadium has a retractable roof © Getty Images
Wales coach Warren Gatland believes that the home side should decide whether the the Millennium Stadium roof is closed on match days.
Currently, both participating teams must agree for the roof to be closed. If they cannot agree, it stays open.
Wales host France on Saturday with a coveted Six Nations Grand Slam on the line and the visitors are keen for the roof to be open, with rain forecast in Cardiff.
"It's okay if it is a nice day, isn't?" Gatland said. "I think it is something that maybe as a Welsh Union we need to make some sort of representation to the IRB (International Rugby Board).
"If it is our stadium and we've got the ability to open and close the roof, then maybe we should be the team that decides it.
"I would hate to think that on Saturday, if it is pouring down with rain and we've got the chance to close the roof [that we don't]. Potentially, it makes a game less open or less attractive because the rain may affect it.
"We all have a responsibility not just to broadcasters, but to the public and the game as a whole to make it as attractive as possible. If that means closing the roof because it is wet, then I think we should be able to do that."
Wales have scored nine tries in this season's tournament - all by their backs - and there is no doubt a firm playing surface would suit their style of play as they target a second title and Grand Slam of Gatland's four-year reign.
"At the moment the rules are the rules and both teams have to agree," Gatland added. "If one team decides they want the roof open, as Italy did in the last game, it stays open."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament
A selection of the best pictures from England's historic World Cup triumph in Paris as they beat Canada 21-9
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Women's World Cup, the opening round of the Top 14 and the Rugby Championship