Warren Gatland to quit as Wales coach after 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan 

Warren Gatland to quit as Wales coach after 2019 Rugby World Cup Wales coach Warren Gatland announces he will quit after 2019 World CupGatland is currently under contract at Wales until the tournament in JapanHe remains in the running to coach Lions on New Zealand tour in 2017 

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Warren Gatland will relinquish his post as Wales boss after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Wales' longest-serving coach took the helm in 2007, and has claimed two Six Nations Grand Slams in his tenure.

The former Wasps boss plans to return home to New Zealand in 2019, and could yet make a long-term bid to coach the All Blacks.

Warren Gatland will relinquish his post as Wales boss after the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Warren Gatland will relinquish his post as Wales boss after the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Gatland's side made it to the quarter-final of the World Cup where they were beaten by South Africa

Gatland's side made it to the quarter-final of the World Cup where they were beaten by South Africa

'I'm here until 2019 and the plan for me then is definitely to come home for a period,' Gatland told New Zealand broadcaster Radio Sport.

'If I was involved in provincial rugby or Super Rugby, that would be great, but if I'm not, I may have to go to the beach for six months or 12 months, put my feet up and take a bit of a break.

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'That's the plan. I've been away for long enough. I'm 52, so hopefully I've got plenty more years left coaching.

'Post-2019 definitely the plan is to come back home to New Zealand.'

In December 2013 Gatland extended his current contract until after the 2019 World Cup.

 The Wales coach is favourite to lead the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 2017

 The Wales coach is favourite to lead the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 2017

Gatland steered the British and Irish Lions to victory against Australia in their last tour in 2013

Gatland steered the British and Irish Lions to victory against Australia in their last tour in 2013

The 52-year-old remains in the running to coach the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 2017, having already secured dispensation from the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to travel if asked.

Gatland led the Lions to a 2-1 series victory over Australia in 2013, and is likely to be tasked with repeating that feat in New Zealand.

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