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Wales to wait on injured Gatland

Warren Gatland's wife says a decision on whether the Wales coach will lead his side on their summer tour of Australia will be made "closer to the time".

Gatland is set for surgery in New Zealand next week to reconstruct his right heel after he fell three metres on to concrete while cleaning windows of the family holiday home at Wahi Beach.

Gatland had been due to return to Wales this week following time off after he led Wales to the RBS 6 Nations title and a Grand Slam last month.

He suffered multiple fractures to his right heel and a single fracture of the left heel, and he now faces several weeks recuperating in Hamilton after the operation.

Wales play the Barbarians in Cardiff on June 2 before heading Down Under for three Tests against Australia and a midweek fixture against the Brumbies in Canberra.

The Welsh Rugby Union already have detailed contingency plans in place, with assistant coach Rob Howley ready to step up if Gatland cannot take charge of the trip.

"The coaches are just going to step up and do the job of getting the boys prepared for Australia, and then Warren will see closer to the time whether he can get to Australia or not," Trudy Gatland told the Waikato Times.

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