Wales Rugby Union: Gatland pens deal

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Warren Gatland has committed his long-term future to Wales by penning a deal that will keep him in charge until after the 2019 World Cup.

Gatland’s current contract was due to expire after the 2015 World Cup but he has signed a six-year deal which, if he sees it out, will mean his tenure with Wales has stretched to 12 years.

Gatland has worked wonders during his time at the helm, guiding Wales to the Grand Slam in 2008 and 2012.

The New Zealander is delighted to have penned the deal and is now looking forward to a bright future with Wales.

“I am proud and delighted to have been chosen by the Welsh Rugby Union to take charge of Wales teams for the next two Rugby World Cup tournaments,” he said.

“I have chosen to stay in Wales because of my confidence in the players we have, the coaching structures we have developed and the succession plan of talent we now constantly update.”

Gatland added: “I know the other major rugby nations take us seriously as opponents who can play excellent rugby and that inspires me to take this group of players even further.

“There is an incredible amount of hard work ahead but, with the backing of the Welsh Rugby Union, the national squad now has the means to deliver what the Welsh public want.”

It is hoped Gatland will also lead the British and Irish Lions again in 2017 having guided the team to a first series triumph in 16 years in Australia this summer.

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