Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 30 August 2015

WRU chief backs Gatland

Published 08/02/2011

Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland

Wales Rugby Union chief executive Roger Lewis has dismissed the notion of sacking coach Warren Gatland and insisted now "is a time for cool heads and certainly not to chop heads".

Wales lost their Six Nations opener to England on Friday 26-19 and have gone eight matches without a win stretching back to last season.

But Lewis told the Daily Telegraph: "At the top of the WRU we believe we have the right people in place with the right skills and experiences."

He added: "Our coaching team know what is required to win Grand Slams and European Cups as well as how to face defeat.

"To gain respect we first need self-respect, and to do that we all need to take responsibility.

"No-one is making excuses, it is up to all of us in the WRU to front up to this together and move forward."

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