Warren Gatland will not travel to Australia for Wales' summer tour after he suffered an accident while at home in New Zealand.
Gatland's wife has told a newspaper that a decision on whether her husband will lead his side in Australia will be taken nearer the time
Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland is to undergo surgery after fracturing both of his heels in a fall over Easter.
International rugby coach Warren Gatland has been awarded an honorary degree by Swansea University in recognition of his contribution to Welsh sport.
He described it as a 'massive honour' and said he was 'absolutely thrilled', before praising the warm welcome he had received at the university campus.
The New Zealander has led the Wales rugby team to two Grand Slams in five years and to the brink of a World Cup final.
Former Wales international Rhys Williams says Warren Gatland's absence from Wales' summer tour preparations "isn't the end of the world" and shouldn't cause any major problems.
He believes technology will mean Gatland can make a significant input into the team
Warren Gatland's wife has reportedly told New Zealand newspaper, Waikato Times, that he'll decide closer to the time whether or not he'll be well enough to lead Wales in their tour of Australia.
The national coach is due to have surgery after breaking both heels falling off a ladder.
Rhys Priestland has offered his sympathies to Warren Gatland, following his accident earlier this week.
"It's a nasty injury. It happened to one of my friends and he was in a bit of pain" he said.
Speaking at Scarlets press conference earlier today, Priestland said plans for Wales' forthcoming matches wouldn't be thrown off course.
"He's got a lot of coaches here all year round... I'm sure it won't affect preparations for the Welsh squad all that much" he said.
Wales coach Warren Gatland is to undergo surgery after fracturing both of his heels in a fall, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.
It happened during a family visit to New Zealand over Easter.
– Welsh Rugby Union statement
He was cleaning windows when he lost his balance and fell three metres onto concrete taking the full impact on his heels. He suffered multiple fractures to the right calcaneus and also a fracture to the left calcaneus. Consequently, he is in leg casts and requires surgery by the leading orthopaedic surgeon in the Waikato to reconstruct his right heel.
The WRU says Gatland's return to Wales has been delayed but it is not expected to have any major impact on the continuing preparations for scheduled Wales matches in June 2012.
His assistants will oversee some of his duties as he recovers.
– WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis
We all wish Warren a speedy recovery from the injuries he has suffered in this extremely unfortunate accident.
“Knowing Warren as I do, I can reassure the Welsh rugby public that he has diligently put the people and processes in place to ensure he stays closely linked to what is happening in the game back here in Wales.
”I have spoken to Warren on a number of occasions since his fall and have told him he will lead the tour to Australia unless anything unforeseen happens in the prognosis for recovery we are working to.
Warren Gatland, alongside WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, at the Senedd last night.
Wales coach Warren Gatland has told ITV Wales that he'd welcome the chance to coach the British & Irish Lions.
Gatland is seen as the favourite to be named head coach for the three-test trip in 2013.
"It's all up in the air the moment. I've had discussions before the Six Nations, but nothing formal since" he said.
"I'd love to be involved in some form with the Lions. It's a great honour.
"I actually think it'd be good if I wasn't involved in one of the [Wales] campaigns going forward - really good for the development of one of the younger coaches taking the team for a campaign."