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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 07:59 GMT 08:59 UK
Gatland 'a good choice' for Wales
Warren Gatland
Gatland took Wasps to success in his time there
Former British Lions coach Ian McGeechan believes New Zealander Warren Gatland would be a good choice for Wales' next coach.

McGeechan, director of rugby at the London Wasps, worked with the Kiwi who spent three years at Twyford Avenue.

"He is a very good coach," said McGeechan. "He put some great structures in place here at Wasps.

"He's done the same going back to the Waikato NPC side so he's pretty switched on and clued up."

McGeechan added: "He's probably disappointed he hasn't got a Super 14 job in New Zealand, I think that's what he would want to do, but there's no doubt he's a first class coach."

If Welsh rugby gets Warren Gatland it would be a great thing for them

England and Wasps wing Tom Voyce

The WRU is searching for a new Wales coach from abroad although Jenkins' assistant, Nigel Davies, will be caretaker coach for the 24 November Test with new world champions South Africa.

Springbok coach Jake White, plus New Zealanders Robbie Deans, Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Gatland are all understood to have been approached.

Gatland could also be considered for a job with England if coach Brian Ashton's contract is not renewed.

Gatland, 44, coached Connaught in Ireland before taking over the national side in 1998 which he held until 2001.

He then joined the Wasps a year later leading them to three consecutive Guinness Premiership titles and the Heineken Cup in 2004.

After returning to New Zealand in 2005, he took over coaching NPC side Waikato before joining the Waikato Chiefs Super 14 team last year as technical advisor.

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England and Wasps wing Tom Voyce played under Gatland after joining in 2003 and also said he would do well for Wales.

"He's a very good man manager," said Voyce. "He would not necessarily show a lot on the training pitch but he would have a quiet word.

"He would do the same all the way through the team and that's why there is massive respect for him from all of the players.

"I think everyone knows if Welsh rugby gets Warren Gatland it would be a great thing for them."

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