Warren Gatland reacted in typically cryptic fashion on Tuesday when declaring that Roger Lewis’s impending departure as Welsh Rugby Union’s chief executive “probably does” have a bearing on his own long-term future.

Lewis has announced that, after nine years in charge, he will leave his post following the World Cup in October, and after answering in the affirmative whether he could see it affecting his role as Wales coach going forward Gatland refused to elaborate.


However, the fact that Gatland was handed a contract up until the 2019 World Cup by Lewis – who appointed the Kiwi in 2008, making him the best-paid coach in the game – indicates that the 51-year-old is unsure whether he will receive such backing from the new chief executive.

“The relationship the national team has had with Roger in terms of the support he has given us since I have been here is outstanding,” Gatland said. “There is no doubt we have got some of the best rugby facilities in the world. And when we have gone to Roger to ask for things for the team, whether it’s been staff or facilities, he’s been absolutely outstanding.”