6 Aug 2010

Wales want to hold onto Gatland for another two years

12:16 pm on 6 August 2010

The Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland has started negotiations with his employers about the possible extension to his current contract.

The 2008 Grand Slam winning boss is in negotiations with the Welsh Rugby Union to extend his current four-year deal for another two years until 2013.

Gatland admits he has a few options and is apparently a possible successor to All Blacks coach Graham Henry and Chiefs boss Ian Foster.

The New Zealander replaced Gareth Jenkins following Wales' disappointing 2007 Rugby World Cup and instantly inspired Wales to Grand Slam glory in his first Six Nations Championship.

Should Gatland sign an extension and complete a six-year term as Wales coach, the 46-year-old will emulate Clive Rowlands' reign between 1968 and 1974 and become the Welsh national team's joint longest-serving coach since Wales' first coach, David Nash, was appointed in 1967.

Wales rugby boss Roger Lewis says they're keen to have Gatland after next year's World Cup.