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'I'm gone!': No rest for busy Warren Gatland as he returns to New Zealand for new Super Rugby role with Chiefs Warren Gatland's Barbarians side lost to his former team Wales on Saturday Gatland left his Wales post which had held for 12 years after the World Cup The 56-year-old will be the Chiefs's head coach for the new Super Rugby season 

By Will Kelleher For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:38 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 22:38 GMT, 1 December 2019

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Warren Gatland bid a final farewell to Wales with a special send-off match with his former flame.

Having coached the Barbarians against the team he led so spectacularly for 12 years Gatland flew home to start a new career - and life - back in New Zealand.

But there will be no rest for the 56-year-old as he prepares his Chiefs side for Super Rugby.

Warren Gatland returned to New Zealand immediately to begin work with the Chiefs

Warren Gatland returned to New Zealand immediately to begin work with the Chiefs

'My WRU contract doesn't actually finish until the end of December, but I'm gone!' Gatland explained after the game against Wales.

'I'll get picked up by a friend from Auckland on Tuesday, go and pick up my car and then have a shower and go to training - that's Tuesday for me!

'I'm really excited about Super Rugby and what challenges that poses.' He had close to 40 family and friends from London, Ireland and New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday, some at the stadium for the first time as he waved goodbye to Wales.

'My wife Trudi organised a dinner for 38 or 39 people on Friday,' he said.

'For a lot of my family members it was the first time they a lot of them had been over here in the whole time I've been here in Wales.

'I had my mother over with a couple of sisters and Trudi had cousin, aunts, uncles and her mum and dad too - it was brilliant for them to experience what for me is the best rugby stadium in the world.' 

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