Gatland sticking with Wales
June 27, 2010
Warren Gatland is sticking with Wales through to the World Cup © Getty Images
Warren Gatland has dismissed reports linking him with an exit from his coaching role with Wales, insisting he will lead them into battle at the Rugby World Cup in 2011.
The former Wasps and Waikato boss was back on home soil this weekend as Wales went down 29-10 to New Zealand in his hometown of Hamilton.
He signed a four-year deal with the WRU in 2007 to succeed Gareth Jenkins following their exit at the group stages of the World Cup but has recently been mentioned in relation to succeeding Graham Henry as All Blacks coach and also as a possible option for the Chiefs when Ian Foster steps down in 2011.
"The plan at the moment is that I'm with Wales until the end of the World Cup. I do have a few options on the table post-World Cup," he told The Independent. "It's not something I am concerned or worried about but it is a nice position to be in. I'm sure things will pan out between now and the World Cup.
"The Chiefs job is not something I have thought about. At the moment my whole focus is on Wales and doing the best we can in 2011. That's the most important thing in my mind. I'm not thinking about myself and my future because I'm committed and passionate to doing a really good job for Wales."
"Like the Treaty of Versailles, despite all the promises, the new Participation Agreement is certainly not the final solution." John Taylor writes
"We know where we are going and we know where we want to get but how long that will take is anybody's guess." David Humphreys on his plans for Gloucester
Jim Mallinder and Justin Burnell were sat on the same top table, but in different circumstances. Tom Hamilton reports on the Aviva Premiership season launch
Tom Hamilton reports back from the launch of the Guinness PRO12 where there is a renewed sense of optimism with all of the off-field changes to the league