Welsh Rugby Union Announce Warren Gatland's Successor

Wayne Pivac

Wayne Pivac

It's said that Pivac's appointment has come after two years of "meticulous research and extensive consultation" at the end of which they appointed the head coach of the best team in Welsh rugby.

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

Gatland steps down after the 2019 World Cup and fellow New Zealander Pivac has always been touted as his successor.

Pivac, 55, who will be the 23rd Wales national coach since David Nash was appointed head coach in 1967, said he would do as much as possible to protect the legacy of Gatland.

Pivac has performed the same role at the Scarlets since 2014, masterminding a Guinness Pro12 title previous year and securing passage into the semi-finals of the Champions Cup in the same season.

The 54-year-old's best showing at a World Cup was in an unlucky 9-8 loss to France in the 2011 semi-finals, having played most of the match with 14 players after captain Sam Warburton was sent off in the 19th minute. By that time, he will have been in charge for 12 years.

"I'll do everything in my power to reward the two men alongside me here today (Gareth Davies and Martyn Phillips) who have put their faith in me, but also to live up to the expectations of the hugely passionate and knowledgeable rugby loving Welsh public".

"Wayne will bring the holistic approach to the job we are looking for and will be immediately ready to pick up where Warren leaves off - he offers the complete package and we are delighted to have secured his services".

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