Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup: Warren Gatland will be staying with Wales, says Jamie Roberts

By Andrew Baldock

Jamie Roberts is convinced Wales head coach Warren Gatland will remain in his post and spurn any overtures made by England.

Gatland is among the contenders to replace Stuart Lancaster should he go in the wake of England's dreadful World Cup, which saw them become the only host nation to be knocked out of the competition in the pool stages.

With Gatland possessing an enviable CV, which includes stints as Ireland, British and Irish Lions and Wales coach, Roberts knows the 52-year-old New Zealander will be in demand.

But the centre said: "I know there are people who have linked him with the England job but I don't think he'll be going to England, particularly as he's got a contract with Wales that stretches until 2019.

"Warren Gatland has done an amazing job with the boys and there's a great familiarity there now. He's developed good relationships with the players and people respect him and what he brings to the table."

Gatland has led Wales to three Six Nations titles since taking charge in 2007, including two grand slams, while his injury-hit team managed a famous victory over England at Twickenham en route to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph