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Wales coach Warren Gatland suffers heavy fall

Wales coach Warren Gatland

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Article Published: Thursday 12 April 2012|

Wales coach Warren Gatland will still lead Wales on their tour to Australia in June even though he requires surgery and his leg is in a cast following a fall in New Zealand.

Gatland was cleaning windows in his family beach house on Waihi Beach at around 8.30am last Easter Monday morning and fell three metres onto concrete taking the full impact on his heels.

The Wales coach's return to Wales has subsequently been delayed as he recovers from leg injuries sustained in the fall.

Gatland's leg is in a cast and requires surgery by the leading orthopaedic surgeon in the Waikato to reconstruct his right heel.

The Welsh Rugby Union say that they have put plans in place for some senior squad preparatory coaching functions to be managed internally in Gatland's absence.

While in New Zealand Gatland will continue to receive information primarily from Rob Howley, Robin McBryde, Shaun Edwards and Neil Jenkins as they observe and monitor squad players and potential players over the next few weeks.

WRU Group Chief Executive, Roger Lewis said that there is no current requirement for any of the staff to be appointed caretaker Head Coach while Gatland recovers.

"I have spoken to Warren on a number of occasions since his fall and have told him he will lead the tour to Australia unless anything unforeseen happens in the prognosis for recovery we are working to." said Lewis.

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