Warren Gatland – ‘Ireland Will Now Have Knowledge Of Wales’ Players, Game Plans & Structures’


Wales boss Warren Gatland is fuming over the fact that his forwards coach Robin McBryde will move to Ireland after the World Cup to take up a role with Leinster Rugby.

Gatland and his backroom team are all set to leave Wales after the World Cup, with only Shaun Edwards set to potentially stay on, as he in replaced by Wayne Pivac after a hugely successful spell as head coach of Wales.

With John Fogarty set to take up a role with the Ireland national team, Leinster have acted quick to bring McBryde in as his replacement. And Gatland is not happy that Wales’ rivals are set to get their hands on a man who has won multiple Grand Slams with the Welsh.

“It’s fantastic for him, it’s a great opportunity,” Gatland said following his World Cup training squad announcement today.

“It’s disappointing because he’s got 13 years of IP [intellectual property] that’s left Wales and gone over to our closest rivals.”

“They have access to all that knowledge that he’s gained. Knowledge of players, game plans, structures. From that point of view, it’s disappointing. But it’s great for him. He’s been a great servant for Wales and I have a huge amount of respect for him and his integrity.”

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