Wales unveil Warren Gatland's replacement

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

Wayne Pivac has been appointed as Warren Gatland's successor as Wales head coach after next year's World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.

The Welsh Rugby Union has opted for Pivac over fellow Kiwis Dave Rennie and Scott Robinson, who were also on the shortlist for the post that will be vacated by Gatland upon completion of Japan 2019.

Pivac replaces Gatland, the longest-serving and most successful coach of Wales, with the New Zealander's contract set to expire after the World Cup.

Pivac's appointment is the result of a two-year process undertaken by Phillips and WRU chairman Gareth Davies, which has involved meticulous research and extensive consultation, and Monday's announcement leaves.

"Both Wayne and Warren and their coaching teams, our worldwide 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".

"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".

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

Pivac, the 55-year-old former Fiji and Auckland boss, will remain at the Scarlets for the entirety of the 2018-19 season and only officially come under WRU employment in July 2019. He led the British and Irish Lions to a series win in Australia in 2013 and drew the 2017 series with the All Blacks. They also lost to Leinster in the semi-finals of this year's European Champions Cup.

Gatland has coached Wales to two Six Nations titles and two Grand Slams.

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