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Wales Rugby Coach Gatland Breaks Heels in Fall From Ladder

April 12 (Bloomberg) -- Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland will undergo surgery after breaking both of his heels in a fall from a ladder, the Welsh Rugby Union said on its website.

Gatland lost his balance and fell about 10 feet while cleaning windows at his family beach house in his native New Zealand three days ago, the WRU said. His legs are currently in casts and he’ll have the surgery to reconstruct his right heel.

The injuries are not expected to have a major impact on Wales’s preparations for its international tour of Australia in June, the WRU said.

“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 of recover we are working to,” WRU Chief Executive Officer Roger Lewis said.

Gatland led Wales to a Grand Slam victory in this year’s Six Nations championship. Wales plays the Barbarians, an invitational team, on June 2 before travelling to Australia for three Tests against its national team.

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