Rugby Union – Gatland still committed to Wales

Warren Gatland insists he is committed to Wales despite being linked with the New Zealand job after guiding the British and Irish Lions to a series draw against his homeland this summer. The 53-year-old Kiwi was the mastermind behind the Lions' series win in Australia in 2013 and stayed on to deny the All Blacks and reigning world champions a win this year as Saturday's 15-15 draw at Eden Park in Auckland meant the two sides finished the three-match series tied at 1-1. There has been talk of Gatland succeeding current New Zealand coach Steve Hansen, while the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) chief executive Martyn Phillips recently said they would be open to releasing him from his contract early if an opportunity came up. But Gatland spoke out to insist he will be happy to see out the final two years of his Wales deal which takes him up to the 2019 World Cup which Wales are 18/1 to lift with bet365. "My focus is now on Wales, preparing for the World Cup in Japan," he said. "I am a firm believer of what will be will be so I won't be looking too far ahead. I am looking forward to the next few years with Wales and then see what other opportunities are out there."

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