Roberts backing Gatland to stay

Date published: October 22 2015

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Jamie Roberts is expecting Welsh coach Justin Gatland to remain as the head coach despite their quarter-final exit.

Wales were knocked out of the World Cup following a last-gasp try from Springbok stalwart Fourie du Preez at Twickenham last Saturday.

Following England’s early demise, Gatland was deemed as a possible replacement for England coach Stuart Lancaster.

However, Roberts believes the New Zealander is unlikely to break his contract, which runs until 2019.

“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,” said the centre.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Roberts is expecting more of the same from assistant coaches Shaun Edwards and Rob Howley.

“As for Shaun Edwards and Rob Howley, I know their contracts are coming to an end but, hopefully, the coaching team remains the same for Wales,” added the 28-year-old.

“I’ve been very lucky in my career to have a settled coaching set-up. Rob was just earning his coaching spurs at the Cardiff Blues when I came through and he and Shaun are all I’ve ever known in the international set-up.

“Shaun has brought the best out of me as a player and a person, and anyone can see how crucial he’s been to us as a defensive unit, while Rob is someone I look up to massively and who has helped guide my career for over a decade.”

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