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Three Candidates In The Running To Succeed Warren Gatland As Wales Head Coach

After the 2019 World Cup, Wales will have a new head coach with Warren Gatland stepping down after the tournament in Japan. 

The WRU, however, are not resting on their laurels in terms of searching and finding the ideal candidate to take over from the man who lead the British and Irish Lions to a series draw against the All Blacks this summer.

The WRU are expected to announce Gatland’s successor next summer so Welsh rugby supporters will know who will lead the country a year before Gatland is set to step down.

The WRU AGM has taken place this afternoon at the Vale Resort in Hensol and it is understood that officials have whittled down the list of potential candidates to three.

WRU chairman, Gareth Davies, told the media after the meeting that they have been busy pursuing Gatland’s replacement.

“We have got a target of announcing the new Wales head coach by the summer of 2018.

“We have been very busy boys over the last six months talking to various people and we are making progress on that. We have caught up with various people when we’ve had the chance to do so.”

According to The Telegraph, some of the names in the frame include Wasps’ head coach, Dai Young, but Rob Howley remains favourite for the role.

Davies also revealed that Gatland hasn’t been involved in the interview process thus far.

“Warren hasn’t been involved in the interview process so far, but we will want to use him in the business moving forward in terms of who gets the job,” Davies said.

Eight candidates are understood to have applied for the role but it looks like the WRU are closing in on their man.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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