Gatland set to leave after RWC 2019

Date published: November 5 2015

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland has reportedly confirmed that he will be stepping down from the international job after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Gatland, who has been in the Welsh hot seat since 2007, led the country to the RWC semi-finals in 2011 and quarter-finals in 2015's tournament.

But it appears that 2019 will be his last for the country as he told New Zealand broadcaster Radio Sport that he is likely to leave after Japan.

"I am here until 2019, the plan then is to come home for a period," Gatland said.

"If I am then involved in Super Rugby or provincial rugby then great, or I may have to go to the beach for six months or 12 months, put my feet up and take a break.

"But that's the plan. I have been away for long enough. I am 52 so hopefully I have plenty of years left coaching. But in 2019 the plan is definitely to come back to New Zealand."

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