Updated: Monday, 16 December 2013 22:29 | By Agence France-Presse

Gatland extends Wales contract to 2019

New Zealander Warren Gatland has extended his contract as head coach of Wales until after the 2019 World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) announced on Monday.

Gatland extends Wales contract to 2019

Wales coach Warren Gatland pictured during the international rugby union Test match between Wales and Australia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on November 30, 2013

The 50-year-old former Ireland and Wasps coach took up the post in 2007 and has since led Wales to Six Nations success in 2008, 2012 and 2013, as well as a semi-final place at the 2011 World Cup.

"I am proud and delighted to have been chosen by the Welsh Rugby Union to take charge of Wales teams for the next two Rugby World Cup tournaments," Gatland said in a statement.

"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."

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