Wayne Pivac has been appointed as Warren Gatland’s successor as head coach of the Wales rugby team after next year’s World Cup the Welsh Rugby have announced.
Pivac has been in charge of the Scarlets since 2014 and he indeed led them to the Guinness Pro 12 title last season, while also making it to the semi-final stages of the Champions Cup. The former New Zealand police man has beaten off fellow Kiwi Dave Rennie for the position, as well as Scott Robinson to the post which will be vacated by Warren Gatland once Wales’ exploits finish in the World Cup in Japan next year. It is understood that Pivac will remain in charge of the Scarlets until the end of the 2018-19 season and will not be officially take up the post until July 2019. Martyn Philips the Welsh Rugby Union chief executive speaking of the decision to appoint Pivac said ” 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.
He went on to say, ”Both Wayne and Warren and their coaching teams, our internationak 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”. He said that they have avoided the ”feeding frenzy” that comes at the end of a World Cup year and that they have been meticulous in ensuring that they have someone with talent, experience and charisma to do the very best possible job for Welsh Rugby.
Gatland will lead his side through another Autumn international series, before the Six Nations commences in February, where he will be looking for good performances from players whom he wishes to take to the World Cup in Japan. Wales will be in Pool D and will face Australia, Fiji, Uruguay and Georgia and they will be expected to come out of that pool at the very least.