Wayne Pivac to succeed Gatland as Wales head coach

Wayne Pivac will take over after the 2019 World Cup

Wayne Pivac will take over after the 2019 World Cup

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has announced that Wayne Pivac will take over as head coach from Warren Gatland after the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.

Pivac has performed the same role at the Scarlets since 2014, masterminding a Guinness Pro12 title past year and securing passage into the semi-finals of the Champions Cup in the same season.

Pivac, in fact, after four years as head coach of the Scarlets, considers himself a native choice to succeed Gatland after the World Cup in Japan next year.

"I will be doing my best to protect the legacy which Warren Gatland, with the help of those players, will inevitably leave behind".

"We have avoided the feeding frenzy that can come at the end of a RWC year and we have been meticulous in ensuring we have someone of the talent, experience, charisma and rugby acumen to do the very best possible job for Welsh rugby". The New Zealander has won three Six Nations championships, including two Grand Slams since taking over in late 2007.

Pivac, who also coached Scarlets to a thumping victory over Irish powerhouses Munster to land the 2017 Celtic League title, saw off two fellow New Zealanders - two-time Super Rugby winning coach Dave Rennie, who is presently in charge of Glasgow Warriors, and Scott Robetson.

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Davies said: "You only have to look at the way the Scarlets play and their recent achievements to get excited about the prospect of Wayne Pivac coaching Wales".

"I had a taste of worldwide rugby and I loved that, albeit it Fiji were more of a tier-two nation back then", Pivac said. So clearly for me it was a matter of how would I fit in in Wales outside of rugby.

"It is an advantage to know regional rugby the way I do, what goes on in the regional game, and working with the WRU as I have done over a number of years".

"From the day I left Fiji rugby I wanted to have another opportunity to do it".

"I'm a lot more mature as a coach now and it's something I'm going to enjoy".

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