Gatland's summer tour in doubt after fall

by Cian O'Callaghan , 13 April 2012

Warren Gatland could miss Wales' summer tour to Australia after breaking both his heels in a fall at home.

The Kiwi coach was cleaning windows at his family home in New Zealand when he slipped off a ladder and will now undergo reconstructive surgery in the next few days.

The coach had been due to return to Wales this week for the first time since leading them to Six Nations Grand Slam glory in March, but now faces several weeks off his feet after suffering multiple fractures to his right heel and a single one to his left.

Wales play the Barbarians in Cardiff on June 2nd, before heading to Australia for a three-Test series against Robbie Deans' men.

The WRU have already put in place contingency plans if the 48-year-old is unable to make the trip, with his assistant Rob Howley set to step into the role.

However, Gatland is hopeful of being fit to coach his side and his wife says he'll make a decision closer to the tour.

"The coaches are just going to step up and do the job of getting the boys prepared for Australia, and then Warren will see closer to the time whether he can get to Australia or not," she told the Waikato Times.

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