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Pivac to succeed Gatland as Wales rugby coach

12 July 2018

Gatland told the WRU in November 2015 that he would be leaving after the 2019 World Cup, and Davies said "around 10 to 12 names" had found their way on to Wales' original short-list, including that of Pivac.

Pivac, in fact, after four years as head coach of the Scarlets, considers himself a native choice to succeed Gatland after the World Cup in Japan next year.

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.

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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 a year ago and securing passage into the semi-finals of the Champions Cup in the same season.

Pivac will take over at Wales in July after coaching Welsh club Scarlets for a final season. He coached Wales to three Six Nations titles during his reign, including two Grand Slams, though they have now gone five years without winning the championship.

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"The handover process is something we will plan carefully and commence in detail next summer".

"I know I'm following in the footsteps of someone who is held in extremely high regard, not only by the Welsh public, but also by the players who have played under him".

Pivac, a former New Zealand police constable, led Auckland to a hat-trick of domestic titles, before being voted his country's coach of the year in 2003.

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"To be able to complete the process this far in advance helps the Scarlets, helps Wales and affords me the luxury of time in which to prepare in earnest for one of the biggest jobs in the world game".

Pivac to succeed Gatland as Wales rugby coach