Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Welsh Rugby Union Announce Warren Gatland's Successor

Welsh Rugby Union Announce Warren Gatland's Successor

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has confirmed Wayne Pivac will succeed Warren Gatland as coach of Wales after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Gatland has been in charge since December 2007, winning two Grand Slams as well as leading Wales to a World Cup semi-final and quarter-final.

Wayne Pivac has been appointed as the new Wales Rugby team head coach.

Pivac, a former Auckland policeman, was chosen ahead of fellow Kiwis Dave Rennie and Scott Robinson, who were also on the shortlist for the post.

Pivac's successful tenure at Welsh region Scarlets - last season he guided them to their first European Cup semi-final in a decade - had placed him as favourite to fill the vacancy.

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.

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. Going through process, the Union's in good hands and I'd like to be a part of it". So clearly for me it was a matter of how would I fit in in Wales outside of rugby.

The Scarlets boss will take over when Gatland steps down after the 2019 Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup in Japan, and will remain at Scarlets for the entirety of next season.

"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.

"It (backroom team) is something we'll work through over the next 12 months", Pivac said.

"Whether it means getting someone from Wales, or outside the country, we'll go through that in a timely manner".

"We have undertaken a hugely thorough process to make this appointment, it has been more than two years in the making and we were both impressed by Wayne throughout and by the variety of his accomplishments during a lengthy career in coaching".

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