Warren Gatland has set a deadline to end his time as Wales coach and it could be coming sooner than some fans may be hoping.

The Kiwi has revealed that by the time he has guided Wales through the next tournament in Japan it will be time to call it quits and head back to his native New Zealand.

By that time he will be the longest serving Wales coach of the modern era, his tenure stretching back to 2008. And it seems there will be little point in the Welsh Rugby Union trying to persuade him to carry on.


“I am here until 2019, the plan then is to come home for a period,” Gatland told New Zealand broadcaster Radio Sport.

“If I am then involved in Super Rugby or provincial rugby then great, or I may have to go to the beach for six months or 12 months, put my feet up and take a break.

“But that’s the plan. I have been away for long enough. I am 52 so hopefully I have plenty of years left coaching. But in 2019 the plan is definitely to come back to New Zealand.”

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