Wayne Pivac to replace Warren Gatland as Wales boss…

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Davies said: "You only have to look at the way the Scarlets play and their recent achievements to get excited about the prospect of Wayne Pivac coaching Wales".

Wayne Pivac will coach Wales when fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland's 12 year reign comes to an end following the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the Wales Rugby Union announced Monday.

Pivac, the Scarlets head coach, was one of a trio of New Zealanders, including Glasgow's Dave Rennie and the Crusdaders' Scott Robinson - who were understood to be on the WRU's radar.

"I've been in New Zealand and I just flew in yesterday". So clearly for me it was a matter of how would I fit in in Wales outside of rugby. 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.

Previous post-holders Graham Henry and Steve Hansen went on to guide the All Blacks to World Cup wins in 2011 and 2015 respectively.

In the wake of that trip, Pivac turned the Scarlets from also-rans into a genuine force both at home and overseas.

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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. "Going through process, the Union's in good hands and I'd like to be a part of it". "I will be talking to Warren obviously in the coming days and weeks and making sure we continue to work together for the benefit of Welsh rugby", Pivac said.

He coached Fiji and also won the domestic Pro12 trophy with the Scarlets in 2017 while guiding the team into the semifinals of the European Champions Cup in the same season.

"I had a taste of worldwide rugby and I loved that, albeit it Fiji were more of a tier-two nation back then", Pivac said.

"My relationship with Warren won't be any different to what it's been for the last four years", Pivac said.

"Nothing will change over my role at the Scarlets in the next 12 months".

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