You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones hoping Warren Gatland says no to England following the World Cup

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 18/03/2019 Will Kelleher For The Daily Mail

Alun Wyn Jones would not begrudge Warren Gatland moving to England after the World Cup - but hopes the honorary Welshman does not. © getty Alun Wyn Jones would not begrudge Warren Gatland moving to England after the World Cup - but hopes the honorary Welshman does not. Alun Wyn Jones would not begrudge Warren Gatland moving to England after the World Cup - but hopes the honorary Welshman does not.

Gatland has consistently joked this tournament that it would be his last Six Nations with Wales, a nod to the rumours surrounding him potentially moving across the Severn Bridge to Twickenham after this year's World Cup.

Having coached Wales for 11 years and won a record three Six Nations Grand Slams, though, his captain Jones hopes Gatland's loyalty to his adopted country counts in the end.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Alun Wyn Jones (left) would not begrudge Warren Gatland (centre) moving to England © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Alun Wyn Jones (left) would not begrudge Warren Gatland (centre) moving to England 'I think we have got him residency now haven't we? So he can't!' said the Welsh skipper.

'In professional sport you never say never, like I said he has more than a bit of work to do still.

'I am sure he will have a little bit of time off and take a break away from it, and then decide what he wants to do.

'If he does we wish him well.' When a fan at an event in Cardiff Bay to celebrate Wales' Grand Slam shouted at Gatland 'don't go to England!' the boss replied: 'I'd never be allowed back across the Severn Bridge!

Warren Gatland wearing a suit and tie: Gatland oversaw a sublime Six Nations campaign whereby his Wales side won the Grand Slam © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gatland oversaw a sublime Six Nations campaign whereby his Wales side won the Grand Slam 'There are no plans at the moment. I'm going to finish the World Cup and take a break.

'Then maybe, with a bit of luck, somebody offers me a job.' Jones, 33, reckons Gatland will now be in contention to complete the southern hemisphere trio of Lions tours.

Gatland was the touring team's head coach in Australia six years ago and for the New Zealand series draw in 2017, so with South Africa next in 2021 the Kiwi would seem the perfect candidate.

'When you have the experiences he has had in the last campaigns in particular with the Lions, his name is going to be bandied about in those realms,' added Jones, who has played in the last nine Lions Tests across three tours since 2009.

Alun Wyn Jones in a red shirt: The Wales skipper admits that 'in professional sport you never say never' to certain moves © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Wales skipper admits that 'in professional sport you never say never' to certain moves 'There will be a few people with even bigger selection headaches than the coaches do.' Wales have won 14 Tests in a row, and now having swept Europe, Gatland believes they can win the World Cup in Japan in November.

'I promise you that these guys will give 100 per cent in every game at the World Cup and if we play as well as we have for the last year, then we can bring home the World Cup,' he said.

Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors are seeking clarification from Shaun Edwards after the Wales defence coach said he was open to offers next year despite agreeing to join the rugby league giants in 2020. 

Gallery: Key player for each Super League team (Read Sport)


AdChoices
AdChoices

More From Daily Mail

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon