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Warren Gatland will terminate his Wales tenure in 2019

By Duncan Bech

Published 06/11/2015

Warren Gatland plans to quit as Wales coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Warren Gatland plans to quit as Wales coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Warren Gatland will relinquish his post as Wales boss after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Wales' longest-serving coach took the helm in 2007, and has claimed two Six Nations Grand Slams in his tenure.

The former Wasps boss plans to return home to New Zealand in 2019, and could yet make a long-term bid to coach the All Blacks.

"I'm here until 2019 and the plan for me then is definitely to come home for a period," Gatland said.

"If I was involved in provincial rugby or Super Rugby, that would be great, but if I'm not, I may have to go to the beach for six months or 12 months, put my feet up and take a bit of a break.

"That's the plan. I've been away for long enough. I'm 52, so hopefully I've got plenty more years left coaching.

"Post-2019 the plan is definitely to come back home to New Zealand."

In December 2013, Gatland extended his current contract until after the 2019 World Cup.

He remains in the running to coach the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 2017, having already secured dispensation from the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to travel if asked.

Gatland led the Lions to a 2-1 series victory over Australia in 2013, and is likely to be tasked with repeating that feat in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Sam Burgess has left Bath with immediate effect.

Dual-code international Burgess is set to head back to rugby league after completing only one year of a three-year deal at the Recreation Ground.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Bath owner Bruce Craig stated that Burgess, who played for England at the rugby union World Cup, would be seeing out the remainder of his contract.

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