Rugby World Cup 2019: Warren Gatland plays down links to England job post World Cup

Warren Gatland will finish with Wales at the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup.
Warren Gatland will finish with Wales at the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup. Photo credit: Getty

Wales boss Warren Gatland says he has received approaches about a possible post-World Cup job, but insists England's rugby union bosses have not contacted him.

The New Zealander says that he has not spoken to England, who have been linked with recruiting him as former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones' potential long-term successor.

Gatland will step down as Wales head coach after the World Cup in Japan later this year, ending a reign that has included three Six Nations Grand Slams.

Asked about his future, Gatland said: "I've had quite a number of approaches from different places.

"It's a matter of making the right decision at the right time, but my whole focus is about the next six or seven months, and Wales and the World Cup.

"I am not too worried about whether I have a job or not for a while. I'm a great believer in what will be will be.

"I haven't spoken to England at all. I think they were quite clear in what they were doing in terms of not making any appointments or talking to anyone until post-Rugby World Cup."

Gatland is also a firm favourite to coach the 2021 British & Irish Lions in South Africa - his third successive tour as Lions boss, if appointed.

Meanwhile, Gatland was reported to have returned home to New Zealand this week, after son Bryn was hurt during a Super Rugby game in Japan.

The Highlanders player suffered a serious foot injury during his team's 52-0 victory over the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

The 23-year-old, who played flyhalf for NZ Provincial Barbarians against Gatland's British & Irish Lions in 2017, has returned to New Zealand.

He will require surgery and faces several months on the sidelines.