London - Wales coach Warren Gatland has returned to New Zealand following the death of his father, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Tuesday.
"Some sad news," said the WRU.
"Players, management and the whole of the WRU would like to extend their condolences to head coach Warren Gatland and his family following the passing of his father overnight.
"Warren has returned to New Zealand and we are sending him our thoughts and best wishes."
The Wales squad are currently preparing for next month's internationals at home to Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa.
Gatland's team begin their end-of-year campaign against Scotland at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on November 3.