WRU give backing to Warren Gatland

Wales Rugby Union chief executive Roger Lewis has dismissed the notion of sacking coach Warren Gatland and insisted now "is a time for cool heads and certainly not to chop heads".

Wales lost their Six Nations opener to England on Friday 26-19 and have gone eight matches without a win stretching back to last season.

The WRU backed the New Zealander by handing him a four-year contract extension in November and Lewis is adamant Gatland should be given more time to arrest one of the worst sequences of results in the country's history.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "This is a time for cool heads and certainly not to chop heads.

"At the top of the WRU we believe we have the right people in place with the right skills and experiences.

"Our coaching team know what is required to win Grand Slams and European Cups as well as how to face defeat.

"To gain respect we first need self-respect, and to do that we all need to take responsibility.

"No-one is making excuses, it is up to all of us in the WRU to front up to this together and move forward."