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Lions coach Gatland keen to coach in Super Rugby

Warren Gatland's preference would be to coach the Chiefs

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Article Published: Monday 26 November 2012|

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has hinted that an offer to coach the Chiefs in Super Rugby would be enough to lure him back to New Zealand.

The Wales coach who is also doubling as the British and Irish Lions coach has revealed that he has a strong desire to coach in Super Rugby.

Gatland has been coaching Wales for five years but his heart is still in the Waikato region where he played a 140 matches.

"I'm not going to be here forever. When I do leave Welsh rugby I hope I leave it in a better state than when I arrived, " the former All Blacks hooker told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I'd like to go back to coach in New Zealand. It's not something I plan for. If the opportunity arises and it's the right opportunity I'll definitely look at it. "

"At some stage being involved in Super Rugby would be a challenge. I've been lucky enough to have done Waikato in the NPC. That was great. "

"I had some involvement as a technical and assistant coach with the Chiefs, but to be able to have a head role it may happen sometime in the future. "

Gatland has a contract with Wales that will take him to the 2015 Rugby World Cup and knows that he would currently struggle to find work with the Chiefs after the current coaches Dave Rennie, Tom Coventry and Wayne Smith led the franchise to their first title in 2012.

"The thing about New Zealand is, compared to Europe, there's not a lot of jobs, " Gatland said.

"There's five Super Rugby teams and the All Blacks job.

"You've got to be at the right place and right time to get appointed and earn a job in New Zealand. I'm well aware of that. We'll see what happens.''

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