By New Zealand Herald
Warren Gatland will return to New Zealand to coach the Chiefs after the World Cup.
The 55-year-old is calling time on over a decade as Wales head coach after this year’s World Cup in Japan and has already been confirmed as the next British and Irish Lions coach to tour South Africa in 2021.
He will be released next August to coach the British and Irish Lions and return for the 2022 and 2023 Super Rugby campaigns.
He also coached the British and Irish Lions to a series win in Australia in 2013 against Robbie Deans’ Wallabies and to a drawn series with Steve Hansen’s All Blacks in New Zealand in 2017.
Gatland has previously expressed an interest in returning to coach in New Zealand again after the World Cup “if there was an opportunity”.
He travelled back to New Zealand last month to support son Bryn after the Highlander was ruled out of rugby for six months after a horror foot injury.
Former All Black Justin Marshall said he thought it was a great move by New Zealand Rugby.
“I’ve always said that for New Zealand Rugby to be innovators and stay at the top of all competitions, including international rugby, we need to have the best resources available to educate our players and make them the best they can be, and when you have someone as successful as Warren Gatland, a Kiwi, who has plenty to offer – get him back.”
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