Wayne Pivac to succeed Gatland as Wales head coach

Annette Crawford
July 9, 2018

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac will succeed Warren Gatland as Wales coach on a four-year deal.

A report in the Mail on Sunday newspaper said Scarlets head coach Pivac was the "favourite" to take the top Welsh job and the national union was "understood to be at an advanced stage of the interview process and close to unveiling the Kiwi's successor".

Gatland is due to end his time as Wales boss after the 2019 tournament in Japan. Wales have clinched two Six Nations Grand Slam titles during Gatland's reign, in 2008 and 2012, and reached the semi-finals of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

"We have avoided the feeding frenzy that can come at the end of a World Cup 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 55-year-old, who coached Fiji at global level from 2004 to 2007, has been in charge at the Scarlets for the past four seasons, having initially been assistant to Simon Easterby.

The 2017 Pro12 victor will continue as Scarlets head coach for next season. He was appointed Scarlets assistant coach in 2014 before taking over from Simon Easterby as head coach when the former Ireland global left to take up a role with the IRFU.

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