Warren Gatland 'probably' affected by Roger Lewis exit

Wales coach Warren Gatland praises Roger Lewis and admits his departure in October will 'probably' affect his own future.
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Wales coach Warren Gatland says Roger Lewis's autumn departure as Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) chief "probably does" have a bearing on his own long-term future.

Asked if he could elaborate on his comment, Gatland replied: "No."

But he later added: "Often those decisions aren't in your hands, are they?

"I have signed until 2019 and I have made my commitment to Welsh rugby for that. You hope that can continue."

Gatland praised Lewis's support for the national team's cause during his tenure, which is due to end after the 2019 World Cup.

Lewis helped appoint Gatland in the wake of Wales's 2007 World Cup exit, after the sacking of Gareth Jenkins.

New Zealander Gatland said of Lewis: "He is going to leave Welsh rugby in a healthy state."

Lewis, 60, announced on Tuesday he would be standing down after this year's World Cup, which takes place between 18 September and 31 October and is being hosted by England.

Gatland said that despite the difficult economic background during his time in Wales, Lewis had ensured the backing for the national team has been "absolutely outstanding".

"When we have gone to ask for finance for support for the team, whether it's staff or facilities, he has been absolutely outstanding," said Gatland, speaking after announcing his team to face France in the Six Nations at the Stade de France on Saturday (17:00 GMT).

"And off the field you have to look at the figures of the [WRU] debt that has been reduced."

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