Gatland wants Super Rugby job

 Nov 26,2012
Written by: Editor

Wales and British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has hinted that he has a strong desire to coach at Super Rugby level one day.

Gatland hinted that the Chiefs head coaching role would be enough to lure him back to New Zealand.

He coached Waikato from 2005 to 2007 in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship before starting his coaching stint with Wales.

Although no certain plans have been made and the role at the Chiefs is unlikely to become available after Dave Rennie guided the Hamilton-based outfit to their first title this year, Gatland has a fondness for Waikato, who he also represented in 140 matches as a hooker from 1986 to 1994.

"I'm not going to be here forever," he told Fairfax Media.

"When I do leave Welsh rugby I hope I leave it in a better state than when I arrived.

"I'd like to go back to coach in New Zealand. It's not something I plan for. If the opportunity arises and it's the right opportunity I'll definitely look at it.

"At some stage being involved in Super Rugby would be a challenge. I've been lucky enough to have done Waikato in the NPC.

"That was great. I had some involvement as a technical and assistant coach with the Chiefs, but to be able to have a head may happen sometime in the future."

Gatland is contracted to Wales until the next World Cup in 2015 and although he is realistic about gaining a job in New Zealand he is keen to signal his interest if an opening should arise.

"The thing about New Zealand is, compared to Europe, there's not a lot of jobs," he explained.

"There's five Super Rugby teams and the All Blacks job. It depends on who is contracted and who is available.

"You've got to be at the right place and right time to get appointed and earn a job in New Zealand. I'm well aware of that. We'll see what happens.

"The next couple of years I'll start making some plans."


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