Warren Gatland fractures heels after fall

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.

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.

– Welsh Rugby Union statement

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.

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.

– WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis

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