Gatland signs contract extension with Wales through 2019

The Canadian Press

12/16/2013 9:47:32 AM

CARDIFF -- Wales head coach Warren Gatland has signed a contract extension that will keep him in charge of the Six Nations champions until after the 2019 World Cup.

Gatland, who has been in the role since 2007, will become the longest-serving Wales coach next year.

The New Zealander says "I have chosen to stay in Wales because of my confidence in the players we have, the coaching structures we have developed and the succession plan of talent we now constantly update."

Gatland has won two Grand Slams in the Six Nations with Wales and further bolstered his reputation by leading the country to the World Cup semifinals in 2011 and coaching the British and Irish Lions in their series win in Australia.