WRU boss says Wales coach Warren Gatland ‘one of the best in the world’


Warren Gatland has been backed to show round Wales’ fortunes and lead them in the direction of the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

Nigel Walker, the Welsh Rugby Union’s interim chief government, hailed Gatland throughout a press convention unveiling of Abi Tierney because the organisation’s new chief government – a publish she is going to start by the tip of this yr.

New Zealander Gatland is eight months into his second stint as Wales head coach after changing Wayne Pivac and he’s getting ready for a fourth World Cup on the helm throughout September and October, having masterminded semi-final appearances in 2011 and 2019.

Wales completed fifth within the Guinness Six Nations final season, whereas Gatland inherited a squad that misplaced 9 out of 12 Tests final yr.

“The contract was a five-year contract. There is a clause (believed to be after the World Cup in France), but I cannot see any circumstances whereby we would invoke that clause,” Walker mentioned.

“We feel we have one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best. I am confident Wales will do well in the World Cup.

“It’s a long-term project, and from what I’ve seen, Warren is quite capable of turning around the fortunes of Wales.”

Asked for his response to Walker’s feedback, Gatland mentioned: “I’m simply specializing in the brief time period.

“I’ve by no means been an individual who thinks long-term an excessive amount of when it comes to my very own private state of affairs. I’m a terrific believer in what will probably be, will probably be.



We really feel we have now among the best coaches on the earth, if not one of the best

Nigel Walker

“I have already said that the work this group has done and strides we have made, I think we can do something pretty special at this World Cup, and I honestly believe that.

“If that happens, then those other things take care of themselves.”

Wales full their World Cup warm-up schedule on Saturday by tackling South Africa, and they are going to be with out British and Irish Lions Liam Williams and Dan Biggar.

Both gamers had been chosen to begin the sport in Cardiff, however have been withdrawn as a precautionary measure.

The WRU mentioned that full-back Williams has a decent hamstring, with Biggar affected by again irritation.

Cai Evans is promoted from the replacements’ bench to make his Test debut as Williams’ substitute, whereas Sam Costelow takes over from fly-half Biggar.

Gatland added: “Both of them, if we pushed them hard, could play on Saturday, but the decision was made there is no point taking a risk at this stage.

“If this was a World Cup semi-final, Dan Biggar would have been fine for the weekend.”

Forwards Dewi Lake and Taine Plumtree, who had been injured throughout Wales’ slender defeat in opposition to England at Twickenham final weekend, are on target to be out there for the World Cup opener in opposition to Fiji in Bordeaux on September 10.

Saturday’s conflict in Cardiff is a final probability for gamers to impress Gatland, who will announce his 33-strong World Cup squad inside 48 hours of the ultimate whistle.

“There is an opportunity for players on Saturday. We will come back as a coaching group after the game and finalise the squad,” Gatland mentioned.

“We are confident that those players carrying injuries are going to be available for the first game against Fiji.

“We will get a pretty detailed injury update in terms of all the players in the squad, the ones carrying knocks and when they can return to full-time training and when they are available.

“Potentially, there may be one or two decisions, which has happened in the past, where we are still undecided and we might sleep on it and make a final decision potentially on the Sunday.

“Then it’s a matter of notifying the players and announcing the squad on Monday.”



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