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Wales Talk To Three Candidates For 2017 June Tour To Compensate For Loss Of Howley And Gatland

LLANELLI, WALES - NOVEMBER 21: Stephen Jones, Backs Coach of Scarlets before the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Scarlets and Racing 92 at the Parc y Scarlets on November 21, 2015 in Llanelli, Wales. (Photo by David Jones/Getty Images)

Wales will be without head coach Warren Gatland as well as interim head coach Rob Howley in June. The pair will be plotting the downfall of New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions.

This leaves an obvious logistical issue when it comes to Wales’ summer tour of the Pacific Islands.

The WRU are currently looking for coaches to work with Robin McBryde in leading the tour.

They have spoken to Scarlets coach Stephen Jones, Ospreys coach Steve Tandy and Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson.

Speaking to BBC Sport, WRU chairman Gareth Davies highlighted the need to produce some home-grown top class coaches to lead the national team in the future. In recent times, they have looked abroad to find head coaches, with the likes of Gatland, Graham Henry and Steve Hansen leading the side.

“We need to start looking to develop our own coaches of the future that will be able to coach at the very highest level,” said Davies.

“I think there’s been a general lack of focus on developing coaches, we really need to start developing top-class coaches that should be looking at coaching international teams.

“We’ve only had two Welshmen in the last 20 years or so that have coached the national team and that’s fine. We have learnt from New Zealand and that is all well and good but we need to start looking to develop our own coaches.”


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