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Warren Gatland Confirms Chiefs Approach But Reaffirms Commitment To Wales

MAYNOOTH, IRELAND - DECEMBER 07: Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, faces the media during the 2017 British & Irish Lions Coaching Team Announcement held at Carton House Hotel on December 7, 2016 in Maynooth, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Lions head coach Warren Gatland was the subject of several rumours on Saturday, as the Kiwi was reported to be leaving his post with Wales following the June tour of New Zealand.

However, Gatland was quick to dismiss these rumours, reaffirming his commitment to the Welsh cause.

The 2013 series-winning head coach contacted Wales Online to address these reports.

“The Chiefs spoke to me about three months ago but I told them it was a non-starter until my contract runs out with Wales.

“I told the Chiefs I would be interested after 2019 but there’s no way I would leave Wales or the Lions now.”

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Wales have enjoyed huge success during his tenure, including three Six Nations titles as well as appearing at the 2011 World Cup semi-final.

However, they have endured a fair to middling November series in his absence, as Rob Howley stands in at interim coach.

They secured three wins from four tests, but the manner in which they lost to Australia and the struggle against Japan drew much criticism.

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