Wales name Wayne Pivac as Warren Gatland’s successor

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

Pivac's appointment ends a two year process by Wales to find their new head coach, after Gatland had signalled his decision to step down after 2019.

The former New Zealand Police constable has been head coach of the Scarlets since 2014, masterminding last year's Guinness PRO12 title and passage into the semi-finals of the Champions Cup in the same season.

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

The 55-year-old, who coached Fiji at worldwide level from 2004 to 2007, has been in charge at the Scarlets for the past four seasons, having initially been assistant to Simon Easterby.

"Additionally, I'm determined to ensure that Wayne is given the best possible opportunity to succeed in this job when he starts after the World Cup and I will do everything I can to help him". He coached Wales to three Six Nations titles during his reign, including two Grand Slams, though they have now gone five years without winning the championship.

Gatland is a two-time British and Irish Lions head coach, winning one series in Australia and tying with the All Blacks a year ago.

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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".

"We have secured the best man for the job and we have done so rigorously and decisively to the collective benefit of all involved in Welsh rugby", said Phillips.

Two more Kiwis - Glasgow boss Dave Rennie and Crusaders' Scott Robinson - had been linked with the role.

"For me it was a matter of how I would fit in with Wales and I've really enjoyed the experience, both in and outside the rugby environment in Wales".

"I had a taste of global rugby and I loved that, albeit it Fiji were more of a tier-two nation back then", Pivac said. "Going through process, the Union's in good hands and I'd like to be a part of it".

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