Warren Gatland (Gallo)
Wellington - Wales coach Warren Gatland
will quit his post after the 2019 Rugby World Cup and return to New Zealand,
media reports in his homeland said on Friday.
Gatland, already Wales' longest-serving
coach after taking up the position in 2007, said he wanted to head home and
possibly take a break before resuming his career in New Zealand.
"I'm here (Wales) until 2019 and the
plan for me then is definitely to come home for a period," he reportedly
told commercial radio.
"If I was involved in provincial rugby
or Super Rugby, that would be great, but if not, I may have to go to the beach
for six months or 12 months, put my feet up and take a bit of a break."
By the time the 2019 edition of the
tournament in Japan ends, Gatland will have been away from New Zealand for more
than 20 years, barring a 2005-07 spell in charge of Waikato.
"I've been away for long enough. I'm
52, so hopefully I've got plenty more years left coaching," he said.
"Post-2019 definitely the plan is to
come back home to New Zealand."
Gatland guided an injury-ravaged Wales to
the quarter-finals at this year's World Cup and has led the team to Grand Slam
success in 2008 and 2012.
He also masterminded a British and Irish
Lions series win against Australia in 2013 and previously coached Ireland and
Gatland has admitted in the past that his
long-term ambition is to coach the All Blacks, who are riding high after
securing back-to-back World Cups against Australia on Saturday.