Gatland dismisses Chiefs rumours


Warren Gatland has denied claims he could quit Wales and take over Super Rugby side Chiefs following the British and Irish Lions' tour of New Zealand.

Gatland has temporarily vacated his role as Wales coach to lead the Lions in a three-Test series against the world champion All Blacks, having guided the prestigious representative side to a 2-1 victory over Australia in 2013.

There has been speculation Gatland could take over from Dave Rennie as coach of Chiefs, who play in the 53-year-old's home town of Hamilton.

But Gatland has rejected those rumours, insisting he will see out his Wales contract until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

He told Wales Online: "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.

"Why would I leave Wales to go to no job and no salary when I'm contracted to the WRU until 2019?"

Rejecting claims he told associates he had overseen his last Wales match, Gatland added: "This is a terrible story that someone has done to try to cause trouble.

"I don't even know the reporter who wrote it. How could he even know my close friends?

"All my focus is on the Lions and Wales. I repeat, I'm not going anywhere until after the 2019 World Cup. End of story!"