Gatland reveals his Wales exit time frame

Wales coach Warren Gatland will leave his Wales job after the 2019 RWC

Head coach Warren Gatland will take Wales to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and then return home to New Zealand where he hopes to take charge of a new team.

Gatland is already Wales’ longest serving head coach as he joined in 2007 and has now been at the helm for eight years.

The New Zealander says that he wants to return home and possibly take a break after the world cup before resuming his coaching career in his home country.

“I’m here (Wales) until 2019 and the plan for me then is definitely to come home for a period,” he reportedly told commercial radio.

“If I was involved in provincial rugby or Super Rugby, that would be great, but if 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.”

By the time that the 2019 Rugby World Cup has finished Gatland would have been coaching outside New Zealand for almost 20 years if not for a short spell between 2005-07 when he was in charge of Waikato.

“I’ve been away for long enough. I’m 52, so hopefully I’ve got plenty more years left coaching,” he said.

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

Gatland’s Wales team were eliminated from the Rugby World Cup at the quarter final stage this year but in 2011 they reached the Semi-finals. The 2015 World Cup team were ravaged by injury.

Outside of the World Cup Gatland has led Wales to Six Nations Grand Slam titles in 2008 and 2012 and also led the British and Irish Lions to a series win against Australia in 2013.

The New Zealander coached Ireland in the late 90’s and enjoyed European Rugby success with London Wasps.

Gatland says that his long term ambition is to coach the All Blacks.

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