Rugby

Gatland breaks heels in fall

2012-04-12 07:49
Warren Gatland (Gallo)

Cardiff - Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland is recovering from leg injuries suffered in a fall at his family beach house in his native New Zealand, the Welsh Rugby Union said on Wednesday.

Gatland was cleaning windows at the Waihi Beach house in the Bay of Plenty when he lost balance and fell three metres onto concrete, taking the full impact on his heels.

The 48-year-old suffered multiple fractures to the right heel bone and also a fracture to the left one. He is in leg casts and needs surgery to reconstruct the right heel, delaying his return to Wales.

The WRU said the injuries were not expected to have any major impact on the continuing preparations for scheduled Wales matches in June which include a three test tour in Australia.

Under Gatland, Wales captured the Six Nations title in March, winning all five matches.

Although it could be several weeks before he fully recovers, he is expected to be able to return to active coaching duties before his recuperation is complete.

WRU chief executive Roger Lewis said: "We all wish Warren a speedy recovery from the injuries he has suffered in this extremely unfortunate accident.

"Knowing Warren as I do I can reassure the Welsh rugby public that he has diligently put the people and processes in place to ensure he stays closely linked to what is happening in the game back here in Wales.

"I have spoken to Warren on a number of occasions since his fall and have told him he will lead the tour to Australia unless anything unforeseen happens in the prognosis for recovery we are working to."

Read more on:    warren gatland  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Up next for the Springboks, the Rugby Championship. Where do you see Allister Coetzee's men finishing that tournament?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.