Gatland to coach Wales until 2019

Wales coach Warren Gatland has confirmed he will remain at the helm until after the 2019 World Cup.

After guiding an injury-hit Welsh side to this year's World Cup quarter-finals, there has been plenty of speculation about Gatland's future.

However, he confirmed on Thursday that he aimed to take Wales to the 2019 showpiece before returning to his home country of New Zealand. 

'I am here until 2019, the plan then is to come home for a period,' he told New Zealand broadcaster Radio Sport. '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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