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Howley to take over from Gatland

23rd July 2012 08:13


Rob Howley Warren Gatland 6N 2012

Transition: Rob Howley and Warren Gatland

Interim Wales coach Rob Howley is set to remain at the helm for the opening November Tests while Warren Gatland scouts players for the British and Irish Lions.

With Gatland almost certain to be named Lions coach for the 2013 tour of Australia, Howley has revealed that succession plans are in place that will see him take over full time for the 2013 Six Nations.

After standing in for Gatland during the Welsh tour to Australia in June following the Kiwi's DIY mishap, Howley is now ready to take the reins long-term.

"It was my first opportunity to be head coach and I really enjoyed it. It certainly hasn't put me off," Howley told Wales Online.

"I wouldn't mind continuing in that role in the autumn and then the Six Nations.

"I'm working on the basis that I will be in charge for the Argentina and Samoa Tests in November. Then Warren comes back for New Zealand and Australia.

"England play the Wallabies on the weekend of our Samoan game and Warren will be able to watch that, which will be great for us in terms of our preparation for taking on Australia. Then the plan is I will be in charge again through the Six Nations.

"Hopefully next season will be a chance for me to get some wins under my belt as Wales coach. I'm very competitive and I want to win.

"Ultimately international rugby is about results. Any head coach will tell you that. That's where you will be judged and I'm not hiding away from the 3-0 whitewash in Australia. The challenge now is to learn the lessons from that and put those lessons into practice come the autumn."

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