Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Wales Confirm Wayne Pivac As Successor To Warren Gatland

Wales Confirm Wayne Pivac As Successor To Warren Gatland

Wayne Pivac, head coach of Welsh rugby union side Scarlets, will take over from Wales coach Warren Gatland after he steps down following the 2019 World Cup in Japan, Wales Rugby Union said on Monday.

Gatland has led Wales to two Six Nations Grand Slam titles in 2007 and 2012, a Championship victory in 2013, and a World Cup semi-final in the 11 years he's been in charge.

The reflex reaction whenever a significant coaching vacancy crops up is often to look to New Zealand for candidates.

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is today expected to name Warren Gatland's successor as Wales coach with Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac tipped for the role.

Minnesota PGA Tour stop scheduled for July 4 week in 2019
PGA confirmed the place and time of the new Detroit tournament on Tuesday morning with the release of their 2018-2019 schedule. The WGC-Mexico Championship moves up a week following Genesis and precedes the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Turkey's new finance chief, Erdogan's son-in-law, vows to bring inflation down
Mr Erdogan took oath of office to become the first Turkish President under the new presidential system of Government. Investors are keen to see Mehmet Simsek, now deputy prime minister, continue at the helm of the economy.

Drake scores his eighth No. 1 album on Billboard's chart with 'Scorpion'
In doing so, he beats a record of five songs held by the Beatles - a record that has stood since 1964 - according to Billboard . It racked up 745.92 million US online plays in its first week, the highest streaming debut for any artist ever.

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. He was appointed Scarlets assistant coach in 2014 before taking over from Simon Easterby as head coach when the former Ireland global left to take up a role with the IRFU.

The former New Zealand Police constable has been head coach of the Scarlets since 2014, masterminding last year's Guinness PRO12 title and passage into the semi-finals of the Champions Cup in the same season.

WRU chairman Gareth Davies and chief executive Martyn Phillips host a scheduled press conference later.

"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".

Like this: