WRU insist Gatland will stay


Warren Gatland will not be leave his role as Wales head coach to become Stuart Lancaster's England successor, according to Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) chairman Gareth Davies.

Reports in the British media suggested that New Zealander Gatland is a top target to replace Lancaster, who resigned on Wednesday following England's disappointing pool stage exit at the Rugby World Cup.

However, Davies has claimed that Gatland - whose side beat England in a crucial Pool A encounter to advance - will honour his contract through to the next World Cup in Japan in 2019.

"Warren is happy in Wales and as far as I am concerned he isn't going anywhere," Davies said. "He is staying with us until 2019.

"We have not had an approach from the RFU to speak to Warren. As he is under contract to us for the next four years, anyone wishing to speak to him would be obliged to seek permission from us first.

"That has not happened, we want to keep him and as far as I am concerned he is staying with us until 2019.

"England may have ambitions of winning the World Cup in four years but so do we."

Gatland took over as Wales coach in 2007 and has led the team to three Six Nations titles, including two Grand Slams.