Warren Gatland extends Wales deal until 2019

JOSH REICH
Last updated 06:57 17/12/2013
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STAYING PUT: Wales coach Warren Gatland has extended his Wales contract for another four years.

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Wales coach Warren Gatland has extended his contract for another four years, taking him through until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The 50-year-old New Zealander has been in the role since November 2007, helping Wales to three Six Nations titles and grand slams in 2008 and 2012.

He also led them to the semi-finals of the 2011 Rugby World Cup and earlier this year coached the British and Irish Lions to a series victory over Australia.

"I am proud and delighted to have been chosen by the Welsh Rugby Union to take charge of Wales teams for the next two Rugby World Cup tournaments," Gatland said in a statement on the Welsh Rugby Union website (www.wru.co.uk).

"I have chosen to stay in Wales because of my confidence in the players we have, the coaching structures we have developed and the succession plan of talent we now constantly update."

Gatland's current deal was due to expire at the end of the 2015 World Cup.

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