Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wayne Pivac to succeed Warren Gatland as Wales head coach in 2019

Wayne Pivac to succeed Warren Gatland as Wales head coach in 2019

Wayne Pivac, head coach of Welsh rugby union side Scarlets, will take over from Wales coach Warren Gatland after he steps down following the 2019 World Cup in Japan, Wales Rugby Union said on Monday. 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.

"Both Wayne and Warren and their coaching teams, our global players, supporters and everyone at the Scarlets now have clarity and there is no underestimating the positive benefit to be gained from having the time to plan properly for the future".

Pivac, a former New Zealand police constable, led Auckland to a hat-trick of domestic titles, before being voted his country's coach of the year in 2003.

Pivac, who has previously coached the Fiji national team, will start to assemble his backroom staff as soon as he completes his responsibilities with the Scarlets next summer.

The appointment of Gatland's fellow New Zealander Pivac, the current Scarlets boss, is the end of a two-year recruitment process undertaken by WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips and chairman Gareth Davies.

"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".

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He coached Fiji and also won the domestic Pro12 trophy with the Scarlets in 2017 while guiding the team into the semifinals of the European Champions Cup in the same season.

"I think the Union's in good hands and I want to be part of it".

"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. "Having that ability to observe and plan early is going to be the benefit of all involved".

"There's no rush on that and we'll do what's best for the country".

"I know a lot about him and other coaches out there and it will be a very thorough process".

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