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Saturday, 8 December, 2001, 18:51 GMT
Wasps want Gatland
Warren Gatland's contract has not been renewed
Warren Gatland's side had a good recent record
Wasps director of rugby Nigel Melville has confirmed he wants to bring former Ireland coach Warren Gatland to Loftus Road.

"I want to bring in a forwards coach," Melville said after the 23-10 defeat at Northampton.

He added: " I have spoken to Warren about his plans and I want to speak to him again but I don't know what his intentions are."

For his part, Gatland has admitted he is unsure why he lost his job as Ireland's rugby union coach.


I would love him to be our forwards coach
Nigel Melville
Wasps chief

The New Zealander's three-year reign came to an end when the Irish Rugby Football Union said his contract would not be renewed.

Gatland took his team to a famous Six Nations victory over England at Lansdowne Road,.

But the former All Blacks hooker was dramatically replaced last week by his assistant Eddie O'Sullivan.

And in his first interview since then, Gatland told BBC Five Live he was unclear about the reasons for the move.

"I'm not really 100% sure myself," he said.

When asked if he was sacked, Gatland replied: "My contract wasn't renewed, so you can take what you want from that."

He added: "We have won 11 games out of our last 15. We were going really well.

"The line is there were a number of factors behind the decision, but I'm not too sure if it came down to any one reason.

Ireland coach Warren Gatland
Gatland wanted to stay on until World Cup
"So far, no-one has been able to give me an answer."

In a statement at the time, IRFU chief executive Philip Browne praised Gatland's "significant contribution" to Irish rugby.

"But following ongoing and detailed reviews, it was agreed that it is in the best interests of all concerned, to end the contract with immediate effect," said Browne.

Gatland said he was looking forward to a new challenge.

"I have had contact from New Zealand and I will be going back for a few weeks," he said.

"Hopefully, I will talk to a few people and see if they want to sit down and discuss some options with me."

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