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

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac walks with Leigh Halfpenny Wayne Pivac will take charge of Wales following the 2019 Rugby World Cup Credit SPORTSFILE
Shannon Reynolds | 11 July, 2018, 14:54

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

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. "I see myself as a Welsh coach", Pivac said. Gatland is set to walk away from his role as Wales boss following the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will be replaced by a fellow Kiwi.

Davies revealed a respected figure in New Zealand rugby had told him on that trip that he knew "leading players who had played under (Graham) Henry, (Steve) Hansen and Pivac - and who rated Pivac the best of the three".

"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". By that time, he will have been in charge for 12 years.

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If he is appointed, it will be a return to global coaching for Pivac, who was Fiji boss for three years from 2004-2007.

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies praised the work Pivac has done at Scarlets and believes the 55-year-old has everything that it takes to bring glory to Wales.

"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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